THE family of Dawn Sturgess who died after being exposed to Novichok say she will be remembered as a "gentle soul" with the "biggest of hearts".

The mum-of-three, 44, was one of the latest victims to be hospitalised after exposure to the substance, and died at Salisbury District Hospital on Sunday evening.

In a statement her family said: “Dawn's death has been devastating for us. Dawn will always be remembered by us as a gentle soul who was generous to a fault.

“She would do anything for anybody and those who knew Dawn would know that she would gladly give her last penny to somebody in need.

“She had the biggest of hearts and she will be dreadfully missed by both her immediate and wider family."

Dawn and Charlie Rowley were both taken ill on Saturday, June 30. 

The statement added: “Our thoughts and prayers also go out to Charlie and his family and we wish Charlie a speedy recovery.

“We would like to take this opportunity to pass on our sincerest thanks to all of the NHS staff involved in Dawn's care, especially the wonderful doctors and nurses at Salisbury District Hospital who we know afforded Dawn every possible chance of survival and treated her with the utmost care and dignity.

“We would also like to pass on our thanks to the police and the local community for their support."