The parents of a woman who died from carbon monoxide poisoning are commemorating what would have been her 40th birthday with a special service.

Avril and Gordon Samuel are hosting a private service to commemorate their daughter Katie Haines.

The service will also recognise the work they have done in her name, by setting up The Katie Haines Memorial Trust, raising awareness of the ‘silent killer’ carbon monoxide.

10 years ago in December 2009, Katie had the happiest day of her life when she got married at St Mary The Virgin Church in Fairford.

Just three months later at the same church it was Katie's funeral.

Her husband, and her father-in-law Gordon also suffered carbon monoxide poisoning but survived.

Mum Avril said: “Katie was married at the church in Fairford and then three months later at the same church it was her funeral.

“I think it was quite shocking for so many people.

“We decided to do this service because this year would have been her 40th birthday.

“Its important to remember the good things in her life, and to show what the trust has achieved since it was set up.

“We would also like to thank people who supported us in lots of different ways since.

Katie’s parents set up the trust because they did not feel there was enough awareness on the dangers of carbon monoxide.

“There was no real information films on the danger of carbon monoxide.

“We always advise people to have a carbon monoxide alarm on them at all times.

“The trust is trying to raise awareness and change the law, we want carbon monoxide alarms in all new builds, that is what we are striving for.

“It should be mandatory.

“We just want to make everywhere a safer place.”

The private service will be full of over 200 select friends, family and people from the industry, including chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Carbon Monoxide Group Baroness Llaura Finlay.

To see the work the trust does, go to