Woman tells of foam party hell

Sonia Buckingham
Sonia Buckingham

A WIGAN woman who was rushed to hospital in agony while struggling to breathe after a foam party is calling for action to protect clubbers.

Sonia Buckingham, from Springfield, was left covered in severe rashes and with a badly swollen face after attending the Acceleration Bounce night out at Kaff in the town centre earlier this month.

The single mum of one began to feel ill within a few hours of returning home after the party and her condition deteriorated badly over the next few days, leading to her being taken by ambulance to Wigan Infirmary, where she was put on a drip and breathing machine.

Sonia, who went to the party with a friend who also ended up with an ear and throat infection, has spent nearly two weeks recovering from her serious health scare and will still require further medical treatment.

Sonia, of Falconwood Close, is now trying to make other revellers aware of the risks of foam parties to ensure others do not have their nights out ruined by similar debilitating illnesses.

Sonia, 40, said: “It was just awful, the pain was unbearable. I started itching almost as soon as I came home and then everything started swelling. My eyes were just like two slits, I could barely see. At first I didn’t really think anything of it, but things just got worse and worse and by the following Wednesday I just couldn’t breathe properly. I was in shock and if Julie hadn’t come round to my house that day and called an ambulance I don’t know what I would have done.

“I was only in hospital for a day but they were concerned about my breathing, and I’ve got to go back for asthma tests and a chest X-ray. It’s affected me very badly.

It was a scary experience and I will never ever go near that stuff again.

“I’m not criticising the club because it was a brilliant night, but at the very least there needs to be more checks to ensure the foam isn’t going to affect people.”

Julie Searing, Wigan Council’s group manager for business compliance and improvement, confirmed the council was investigating Sonia’s complaint.

She said: “We have received a complaint alleging illness resulting from a foam party at Kaff, which is being investigated. We understand that no further foam parties are currently scheduled at the venue. Further details will be released when the investigation is complete.”

No one from Kaff was available for comment.