Heartbroken newlywed left alone in lockdown after husband and dad die within months

Hollie and Pete Felton had only been married for a few days when he found out he had terminal cancer (Image: xxxxxxxxx WS)

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A newlywed has been left heartbroken after her husband and father died within five months of each other.

Hollie Felton and her husband Pete found out days after they were married that he had terminal Synovial Sarcoma – a rare form of cancer.

Pete, 27, from Solihull passed away on February 7, 2020, less than a year after they had tied the knot.

Hollie, 33, from Northern Ireland, was then dealt another horrific blow when her dad Mervyn Rice, died aged 70 in July after suffering a series of strokes.

Hollie told Birmingham Live : "It's been an horrendous year. I lost Pete before the lockdown started and I've been so isolated since then. I've not been able to go and see my family in Belfast very much.

Hollie's dad Mervyn Rice and her husband Pete died within months of each other
(Image: xxxxxxxxx WS)

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"I spent time over there in July after my dad had his first stroke in April but he had another two consecutive ones and I was there in the hospital when I lost him too.

"After coming home, my cat died so it's just me and the dog now. I've been grateful to have a support bubble with Vicky, Pete's twin sister, who has been making sure I'm OK and getting good food in me.

Hollie has channeled her energy and grief into keeping Pete's legacy alive.

He was a talented singer and was invited to audition for the BBC's All Together Now show.

In honour of his love of music a festival, first staged last year will return as a virtual even this year and it's been named PeteFest.

Pete was a talented singer and had been invited to audition for the BBC's All Together Now show
(Image: xxxxxxxxx WS)

Hollie, explained: "Isolation has been good and bad. It's been good in the sense that it has given me the time to process my grief without having overwhelming amounts of people checking in on me unexpectedly.

"But it's been bad because it's taken away that support that you may not necessarily want, but you need.

"I've had some bereavement counselling but it's all been over the phone and it's very easy to lie and say you're OK when they can't see your face. We take in-person appointments for granted.

"I've been doing my best to keep busy and continue raising money for CLIC Sargent and the YPU at Birmingham Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

"We've raised around £7,000 so far and I'm hoping to do more with PeteFest.

"PeteFest is a music festival that we had last year, organised by Dorian Pratt, and we've decided to continue it annually to keep Pete's memory alive through music as that was his passion.

"Motivation has been hard this year but I'm starting to put more pressure on myself. Pete may be gone but his story means as much to everyone as it always has."

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