Family’s heartbreak after parents’ death
Generous strangers help pay for funeral after parents die 48 hours apart
A family which was left heartbroken after a mum and dad died within 48 hours of each other were able to give their parents a funeral thanks to the generosity of strangers.
Sisters Simona (23) and Sashka (13) were left devastated when their mum Adriana Dudova and dad Lubo Duda died just a day apart.
Adriana had been battling pancreatic cancer for five years when she died on October 7 — the day after Lubo suffered an unexpected cardiac arrest.
Simona lives with her partner, Steven Turner in Peterborough. and Steven, set up a JustGiving page to raise money for the family — and they were able to pay for their parent’s funeral, which was held on Friday.
They were aiming to raise £6,000 - but hundreds of people pledged money to help, raising more than £9,000.
Writing on his page, Steven said: “Tragically, we recently lost the lives of two great people. Lubo (45) and Adriana (45) were loving and caring parents and loved by all that had the pleasure of meeting them. They were both taken from this world far too early.”
He added: “Lubo was a strong, kind and brave man that provided for the family and would have done anything for his wife and children. He was a gentleman, loved by a lot of people that crossed his path in life.”
The family are still coming to terms with their loss.
Steven said: “Adriana had previously been given the all clear for her pancreatic cancer, and Lubo had no pre-existing medical problems so losing both of these amazing people in such a short space of time has been a massive, massive shock.”
He added: “It has not really sunk in yet. We are all still in shock and it will take a long time to come to terms with what has happened. It has been some comfort that so many friends, family and colleagues have been so kind and generous in this time of need.”
The appeal is still online. To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/steven-turner-4
Sashka, Adriana, Simona and Lubo together
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