Carers convinced suicidal couple to carry on

Kenneth and Eveline Waring with daughters Katie (centre) and Michelle
Kenneth and Eveline Waring with daughters Katie (centre) and Michelle

A DEVOTED couple planned to take their own lives after their beloved teenage daughter died suddenly in hospital.

Full-time carers Eveline and Kenneth Waring were so distraught at daughter Katie’s tragic death they felt suicide was the only way out of their grief.

They were only saved by the support and care shown by a charity’s carers who helped them through their darkest days.

Disabled Katie, 19, was rushed into hospital last November and died just weeks later on December 6.

The couple nominated Hartlepool Carers in the Mail’s Best of Health Awards and last night the charity walked away with a top award at an emotionally-charged ceremony.

Eveline, 52, told the Mail: “We were at such a low ebb that we contemplated ending our lives. We can honestly say that if it had not been for Hartlepool Carers that we would have taken that course.

“We owe our lives to them.”

Eveline, and husband Kenneth, 58, had cared for tragic Katie since she was eight months old.

The former Catcote School pupil, who suffered from a rare brain condition, was taken into the University Hospital of Hartlepool late last year with a suspected chest infection and died just weeks later. The couple, who have another daughter, Michelle, 21, who is studying at Newcastle University, are still trying to cope with their loss. Speaking from their home in Tintagel Close, Hartlepool, where Katie’s bedroom is still untouched with even her cherished electric toothbrush still in its holder, Eveline said simply: “Our world had come to an end.”

She told how her and Kenneth had been proud and honoured to care for Katie and how their lives revolved around her.

She added: “She was an absolute princess and an inspiration to everyone.

“We adored Katie and it was actually a privilege to be her carers. To lose her was devastating and we did not want to go on.

“The support from Hartlepool Carers was unbelievable as they guided us through our darkest days.

“They really are lifesavers.”