The grieving children whose parents died of cancer within days of each other have thanked the public who donated thousands of dollars so they wouldn’t lose their family home.

On February 11, Julie Bennet, 50, died, making her three children Luke, 21, Hannah, 18, and Oliver, 13, orphans.

Just five days earlier, her husband Mike, 57, died on February 6, after being told he had a brain tumour back in 2013.

A heartbreaking photograph of Mrs Bennet holding the hand of her husband as they said their final goodbyes in St John’s Hospital in Merseyside sparked a wave of sympathy, shares Daily Mail.

Their children released the poignant image of them holding hands and their friends vowed to support them after they feared they were going to lose their home.

A JustGiving page set up after the devastating news raised a staggering $336,000.

Luke and Hannah have now been able to continue their studies, food is on the table and the mortgage payments have been met, reports David Sanderson at The Times.

Speaking to the paper from their home in the Wirral, Luke said: ‘Initially it was people we knew directly and then it was people from all around the world just being so generous. It is absolutely amazing. We are so grateful.’

‘We now have enough financial security. It would be nice if we could put a portion of it towards other charitable things. Hopefully give back some of the generosity we have received.’

Speaking about being a father-figure to his younger brother, Oliver, he said: ‘We have got a deal on bedtime which is 10 o’clock generally.

‘He’s always been a good lad but he is less argumentative than he might have been previously. I think he recognises that we need him not to be.’

We wish them so much support at this terrible time. It is great to hear the community is rallying around them.

Share your comments below.

Image Daily Mail

  • wow that is very generous of everyone to have raised such a substantial amount of money for them all.


  • Bless, bless, bless these children. What a heartbreaking loss at such young ages.


  • How traumatic for the children to loose both parents at the same time at such young age.
    The picture of the dying mum and dad is very touching, together in life and death.
    Thank God the children found so much support from relatives, friends and people around the world. I hope this may continue and there will an army of community rallying around them as long as they need it. Bless them !


  • To lose one parent at any age is heartbreaking but to lose two in such a short time would be a struggle for anybody. For these 3 young siblings I can’t start to imagine how they manage to cope. Luke accepts the resposibility of caring for Oliver, a 13 year old who is at a difficult age. I hope he given support in doing that. Thank you to those who donated. It allows them to stay in the family home, continue their education and have other neccessities


  • All the best for the future to them!


  • Oh my what a sad traumatic time for these beautiful children.
    R.I.P. Julie and Mike..together now in peace.
    Wishing Luke, Hannah and Oliver all my best wishes, strength and love.


Post a comment
Like Facebook page

LIKE MoM on Facebook

Please enter your comment below
Would you like to include a photo?
No picture uploaded yet.
Please wait to see your image preview here before hitting the submit button.
Your MoM account

Lost your password?

Enter your email and a password below to post your comment and join MoM:

You May Like


Looks like this may be blocked by you browser or content filtering.

↥ Back to top

Thanks For Your Star Rating!

Would you like to add a written rating or just a star rating?

Write A Rating Just A Star Rating