Bride pays trib­ute to her ‘war­rior’ dad

Southport Visiter - - Front Page -

THE ter­mi­nally-ill fa­ther of a bride who was able to be mar­ried thanks to the kind­ness of strangers has lost his fight against can­cer.

Alex Atkinson’s dad Wil­liam was given three to six months to live af­ter be­ing di­ag­nosed with non-Hodgkin’s lym­phoma in July last year.

Alex, 29, was will­ing to have a small wed­ding in a registry of­fice, so her dad could walk her down the aisle as soon as pos­si­ble. How­ever, friends de­cided to set up a go-fund me page to raise cash for the nup­tials and with the help of the Visiter lots of peo­ple of­fered their help.

And their gen­eros­ity meant that Alex was able to marry her sweet­heart Carl Davey at St Pe­ter’s church in Birk­dale in Au­gust, walked down the aisle by her fa­ther.

Wil­liam passed away on Thurs­day (Fe­bru­ary 9).

Alex said: “My heart is in pieces and I’ll miss my daddy so much. I’m just grate­ful that he’s no longer in pain.

“He was such a war­rior and strong per­son, he gave that can­cer a good fight and we got longer with him than we thought we would.

“I just wish I could have one more of my big safe strong daddy hugs, from be­fore he was poorly. The re­al­ity of know­ing that I’m never go­ing to get one again is soul de­stroy­ing and phys­i­cally hurts my heart.”

Alex said she is try­ing to be strong, as it’s what her fa­ther would have wanted.

She added: “He’d have wanted me to pick my­self up, and to re­mem­ber him how he was be­fore.”

Alex with her hus­band Carl Davey

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