Kids lose both parents to cancer within days of each other – but people have stepped up to help in the most amazing way

By Nombulelo Manyana
14 February 2017

Julie (50) died just 5 days before her husband Mike (57).

More than £210 000 (almost R3,5 million) has been raised to support three children from Wirral, England, who've been orphaned after losing both their parents to cancer.

Good Samaritans have come to the financial aid of the children of Julie and Mike Bennet after a picture was released of the couple holding hands on their deathbed.

Luke (21), Hannah (18) and Oliver (13), said on their JustGiving page that they very grateful for the support they have received from everyone who donated "and sent their support in this difficult time".

Both parents had terminal cancer and spent their last days together in a hospice.

Mike, a self-employed cabinet maker, was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2013 and had been cared for by his wife and family at home.

But in May 2016, Julie, a primary school teacher, was diagnosed with breast cancer, which then spread to her liver and kidneys.

In the heartbreaking image shared by the children, Julie clings to her dying husband Mike’s hand.

PHOTO: Bennet Family PHOTO: Bennet Family

Mike died on February 6 at age 57, while Julie died five days later at age 50.

Family and friends of Mike and Julie have promised to support the youngsters and help them fulfill their ambitions.

They started the fundraising campaign to raise funds for the three children.

In an interview with Britain's ITV, family friend Heather Gallagher described Mike and Julie as loving parents.

Julie and Mike have been the most supportive parents, encouraging their children’s interest in dance and acting from a very early age," Gallagher said.

PHOTO: Bennet Family PHOTO: Bennet Family

All three children thrive on the stage and I know that Julie and Mike would not want this to stop their children from dancing and performing. To help them do this, we need to make them mobile again and help cover the costs that this brings," said Gallegher.

Messages of support and love have been pouring in on their fundraising page.

Sources: SkyNews. DailyMail.TheGuardian. iTVnews.

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