PEOPLE all over the world have come together to support three Wirral children whose parents died from cancer within days of each other.

Julie Bennet 50, passed away on Saturday 11 February at Wirral Hospice St John’s, five days after the death of husband Mike, 57.

Dad Mike had been fighting cancer since 2013, having been diagnosed with a brain tumour he had been nursed at home by Julie and the children.

Julie, who had taught at Somerville School, became ill in April and was diagnosed a month later with liver and kidney cancer which spread to other areas of her body.

An appeal created by friends so that the children could stay at their family home in Irby has currently raised £267,585 - £217,585 more than the original target.

Schools across Wirral held own clothes days for pupils to bring £1 in to donate to the family.

Keen runner John Hammond raised £5,650 for the family after organising a gruelling 12-hour run from New Brighton to Seacombe Ferry Terminal on Friday night.

Other events have since come to light including a fundraiser concert in The Ballroom at The Vines, Liverpool, a Gala dinner at 30 James Street Hotel and a volunteer bag pack.

Speaking on behalf of the Bennet family, friend Heather Heaton Gallagher said: "The kids are so overwhelmed by the love and support that has been demonstrated, and they want to share their heartfelt thanks to everyone who has made this possible.

"The Bennet’s are known to all for their generosity, their love for life, and their down to earth approach.

"When Julie became ill, she made it her purpose to create as many memories as a family for the children to hold onto.

"Facing a double terminal cancer diagnosis is beyond belief and, as a community, we are working hard to support the family so that they can stay together and ensure that they can continue their education as planned.

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

"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."

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