A newlywed has revealed her heartbreak after losing her husband and dad inside five months, leaving her to face lockdown alone.
Hollie and Pete Felton tied the knot simply three weeks earlier than he was identified with terminal synovial sarcoma – a uncommon delicate tissue most cancers which impacts only one to 3 individuals in one million.
Talented singer Pete, 27, from Solihull in the West Midlands, died lower than a yr after their marriage ceremony, on February 7 this yr. But Hollie, 33, was dealt a double blow when her dad, Mervyn Rice, 70, suffered a collection of strokes and died months later in July.
She endured additional grief after the couple’s beloved pet cat additionally died. Describing what has been a ‘horrendous year’, Hollie, from Northern Ireland informed BirminghamStay: ‘I lost Pete before the lockdown started and I’ve been so remoted since then. I’ve not been in a position to go and see my household in Belfast very a lot.
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‘I frolicked over there in July after my dad had his first stroke in April however he had one other two consecutive ones and I used to be there in the hospital once I misplaced him too.
‘After coming home, my cat died so it’s simply me and the canine now.’
Hollie says she is grateful to be in a assist bubble with Pete’s twin sister, Vicki, who has been checking on her and ensuring she eats effectively.
‘Isolation has been good and bad,’ Hollie defined. ‘It’s been good in the sense that it has given me the time to course of my grief with out having overwhelming quantities of individuals checking in on me unexpectedly.
‘But it’s been unhealthy as a result of it’s taken away that assist that you could be not essentially need, however you want.
‘I’ve had some bereavement counselling but it surely’s all been over the cellphone and it’s very straightforward to lie and say you’re OK after they can’t see your face. We take in-person appointments with no consideration.’
Hollie has additionally been buoyed by specializing in retaining Pete’s legacy alive.
A digital music competition, PeteFest, might be held this week in reminiscence of the singer, who was invited to audition on the BBC’s All Together Now present.
Hollie can be fundraising for charities CLIC Sargent and the Young Persons Unit at Birmingham Queen Elizabeth Hospital, which helps teenagers and younger adults with most cancers.
‘We’ve raised round £7,000 up to now and I’m hoping to do extra with PeteFest,’ she added.
‘Motivation has been hard this year but I’m beginning to put extra strain on myself. Pete could also be gone however his story means as a lot to everybody because it all the time has.’
Petefest will happen on November 28 from 8pm and will characteristic performances from native impartial musicians, many who’ve survived most cancers themselves.
Tickets price £5. For extra info go to https://petefest.co.uk
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