When Kelly Appleby’s husband Chris died three days before Christmas 2013, the mum-of-two from Shefford, Bedfordshire, didn’t know how life would go on.
“I can’t really remember that Christmas, it was just a blur,” she recalls. “I remember the kids writing letters to Santa on Christmas Eve and leaving them out, they were putting things like ‘say hello to dad for me’ and ‘all I want for Christmas is something to make my family smile again’. At that point you think, are they ever going to smile again? They’d just had their whole world turned completely upside down.”
Thanks to the help of Scotty’s Little Soldiers, one of the charities Prince Harry and Meghan Markle asked the public to support instead of buying them wedding gifts, 35-year-old Kelly and her twin daughters Caitlin and Lauren, 14, have indeed managed to smile again. In fact, the teenagers, who were just 10 years old when their dad passed away, say the charity has helped “bring them closer” to Chris.
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