‘Beyond devastating’: Couple die weeks apart leaving two young children
Two young children have been left without their parents after a couple tragically died within weeks of each other.
Amie Walton, who was battling liver and bowel cancer, woke up on July 18 in Good Hope Hospital to find her partner Chris Mills, 42, had died of a ruptured stomach ulcer next to her.
According to BirminghamLive, it was exactly four weeks later on August 18, that Amie, 30, lost her battle against cancer. Chris’s funeral was held on August 8 while Amie’s took place on September 12.
The couple leave behind their son Harry, aged eight, and six-year-old daughter Mia. The children are now being cared for by Amie’s mother Tracey.
Local shopkeeper Bal Singh was devastated to hear of the tragic deaths of his former customers. He launched a Crowdfunding page to raise £2,000 towards the children’s upbringing and is also running a raffle in his store on Beacon Road.
Tracey said: “I would like to say a huge thank you to all involved who are helping raise money for my grandchildren. We have all had a very hard and tough time of late. We were all busy concentrating on helping Amie through her illness and preparing ourselves for what lay ahead when we had the massive shock of Chris passing unexpectedly, Amie was so brave and built herself up to get through it which I was so proud of her for.
“Once Chris’s funeral was over Amie went to her dad’s for a break in Devon where she sadly passed herself a few days later. We will continue to live on with them both in our hearts and do our best to bring up their children the best we can. Again, thank you to Bal and everyone for their continued support, much love.”
Mr Singh said: “Harry and Mia have a special place in our hearts. Losing a parent at such a young and tender age is painful but to lose both parents is beyond devastating.
“The circumstances were incomprehensible and have touched every single person. We are coming together as collective community to do the best we can for Harry and Mia and I would like to express my heartfelt thanks and gratitude to each and everyone for their support in playing an important part in the wellbeing of not only Harry and Mia but for their families too.”
BirminghamLive readers helped her to raise £20,000 in just 24 hours, enabling her to undergo potentially lifesaving SIRT radiotherapy privately. It was so successful, her friends helped her to raise further funds for a second round.
However in May, Amie was told the cancer has spread and she had 50 tumours in each lung. Her army of fundraisers then launched a new GoFundMe page to pay for prolonged with palliative chemotherapy costing £2,000 a month.
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