A University of Chester nursing student tragically collapsed and died on her first day working at Warrington Hospital on Tuesday (December 1).

It is thought 20-year-old Lucy Blackburn, from Hapton in Lancashire, suffered an epileptic fit.

Just hours until the end of her shift and before she passed away, she posted a Snapchat picture to her friends, showing a picture of her feet, with the words: “Only two hours left.”

She was discovered collapsed by colleagues who were unable to revive her.

Lucy was was in her second year as part of a Bachelors Nursing degree for which she lived on the University of Chester's Warrington campus.

Her heartbroken mum, Susan Thorley, revealed her daughter had suffered just seven previous seizures, which had made her push harder to succeed.

She said: “I didn’t expect her to die from it.”

Fund started in her memory

A fund set up by Lucy’s friends to raise money for a minibus for the hospital has already raised more than £7,000.

Mum Susan told them: “Lucy would be overjoyed by what you’re doing.”

Pals on the Go Fund Me web page wrote: “Sadly, Lucy joined her granddad, grandma and little sister in heaven on Tuesday 1st December.

"Everyone who knew her knows how amazing caring and what a beautiful person she was.”

Susan, who was telephoned as medics desperately tried to save Lucy’s life, said: “I didn’t realise and I don’t think Lucy realised how popular she was. She touched everybody’s heart.

“She was a real family person and she was really loyal to all her friends. She just wanted to be a nurse. And now I hope she is in a happy place with her grandma and granddad.”

“It was when she looked after her grandma that she decided to become a nurse. She loved looking after disabled and elderly people.”

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