THE family of a tragic young mum have penned an emotional heartfelt letter to say thanks to those who raised money in her memory.
It comes as Bobby Clayton, 28, has revealed he is planning to set up a foundation to help other families who have gone through the devastation which he faced earlier this year.
Bobby was left heartbroken 11 weeks ago when his wife Vicky Clayton collapsed in Asda car park in Hartlepool and was unable to be saved by medics.
The tragic incident happened on the day Vicky was celebrating her 33rd birthday and her son Bobby’s first birthday, and was just six days after she had given birth to her second child, Ellie Mae.
Bobby, who lives in Armadale Grove, in the town, said he doesn’t know how he would have got through the difficult time if it wasn’t for the help of his family.
He was also taken aback by the support of residents, especially town music teacher Val Armstrong, 47, who read about the heart-breaking story and, with the help of her family, planned an evening of entertainment in support of Vicky’s loving family.
The event was a roaring success and raised around £2,000, which was handed over to Bobby and has now been put away into a trust fund for his two young children to access when they grow up.
To express their deepest thanks, Vicky’s family wrote a touching letter of appreciation, describing Val as a “truly inspiring person with a massive heart.”
Bobby told the Mail: “We just wanted to say a big thank you.
“I didn’t know Val, I had never met her, so for her to think about us and do this for us was just unbelievable.”
Bobby said the support he has received since Vicky’s tragic death has led to him planning to set up his own foundation to support families in similar incidents in the future.
He added: “I feel like I want to go out and help other people now.
“At first I felt self pity, now I feel like I want to be able to help other people in my position, but those who aren’t fortunate enough to have a family like mine to get them through.
“Some days I have bad days and others I have good days, but I know I will never get over what happened.”