Mum found dead at Pontins ‘always had a smile for everyone’

Tributes were paid to a much-loved mum-of-three who died while on a weekend away with her two sons at Pontins, an inquest heard.

Sioned Catherine Evans had visited the holiday spot, in Prestatyn, with her partner and two boys for the August bank holiday last year.

An inquest into the mum's death heard she died of alcohol toxicity just two hours after police were called to her holiday chalet to reports of her being drunk, North Wales Live reports.

The inquest, at Ruthin County Hall, heard on Friday, how not long after dropping the family off, Robert's mum, Sheila Holmes was contacted by a police officer at 1am asking her to attend the resort after reports the couple were intoxicated.

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Sheila said she decided to stay to look after the children and had a "stern conversation" with Sioned, who struggled with alcohol issues since losing her licence due to drink-driving.

Sheila said she had previously "pleaded" with the 33-year-old of Trem Eryri, Menai Bridge not to drink, and said the catering assistant had told her she'd been looking forward to the weekend away with her boys.

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Robert had described her as being "in good spirits" and said in a statement they had been "laughing together" that day.

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But just hours later, Sheila was awoken by her son shouting: "F*****g hell Sioned," and alerted his mum to his discovery of his partner on the toilet with an empty bottle of wine beside her.

Assuming she was asleep, Robert lifted her and put her on the bed when he noticed she was cold.

Sheila discovered that Sioned was a "funny colour" and was not breathing and she couldn't feel a pulse.

She called 999 while Robert carried out CPR but Sioned was pronounced dead at the scene at around 7.30am.

Police were called and carried out investigations before concluding that there were no suspicious circumstances.

A post-mortem examination revealed the level of alcohol in Sioned's system was over four times over the legal drink drive limit at 393 milligrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood, the legal limit being 80.

Pathologist Dr Mared Owen-Casey recorded a cause of death as acute alcohol toxicity.

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The hearing was told that Sioned had been referred to the drug and alcohol misuse service after twice being taken to A&E by ambulance in the weeks before her death when she was found collapsed in the street drunk by passersby.

She told medics that she struggled with depression and anxiety and drank a bottle of wine and four cans of cider every night to the point of "almost daily blackouts."

But Sioned never contacted the drug and alcohol misuse service to get help for her issues and so the referral was closed.

In a statement read out at the inquest, Sioned's uncle Colin Tate remembered her as someone who "always approached everyone with a smile."

He said she used to look after his mother, her grandmother, and that the family miss her.

Recording a conclusion that Sioned's death was alcohol related, coroner for North Wales east and central, John Gittins said: "The circumstances in this case are incredibly tragic – even more so for those she leaves behind."

He said in many ways it was a "preventative death" had Sioned managed to take up the referral and seek help.

But the coroner added that he was not there to judge and understood what a difficult prospect that may be for some people.

"…but it reinforces the dangers of what some people might consider to be a reasonably safe level of drinking," he added.

Mr Gittins said the consequences can be "life-changing for those left behind."

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Just eight months after Sioned's death, her partner Robert, 36 was killed after being hit by a car while riding his bike on the A5025 Pentraeth Road near Menai Bridge, Anglesey on Good Friday this year.

Close friends of the couple spoke of their devastation and sent love and thoughts to their children, Aaron, Jack and Connor.

One said: "Such sad news. How much more does this poor family have to suffer? Absolutely heartbreaking. Sending all my love and thoughts to you all."

After Sioned's death the community rallied around and raised £4,500 to help her family pay for her funeral.

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