28 August 2018

Tributes have been paid to a campaigning haematology nurse who tragically lost her life last week.

Simonne Kerr, a member of the B Positive choir, was found murdered. A man, aged 40, has appeared in court charged with her death.

Ms Kerr, who was 31, lost her son Kavele to sickle cell disease in 2015. She then went on to study for nursing and qualified earlier this year.

She then joined Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital, London, as a haematology nurse.

Earlier this year she said: “I got to spend six wonderful years watching Kavele grow and though there were a handful of hospitalizations in his short life, I was positive that he would live a full life into adulthood. I lost him in 2015.

“Singing can be such an uplifting experience so joining the B Positive choir seemed the obvious way to raise awareness of the urgent need for more young and black people to give blood while doing something positive and motivational.”

Among tributes from her singing colleagues, one said: “Simonne was literally one in a million. She was so funny, she was so smart and she was so, so strong. She literally lit up a room when she came in.”

Another said: "Simonne was the epitome of courage and strength. Because of her passion, it caused her to carry on regardless of the pain she encountered."

Sources: Various

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