Tributes have been paid to a popular Sunderland spiritualist who died after contracting coronavirus.
Keith Fletcher, of Lakeside Village, fell ill at the beginning of February and his condition soon deteriorated.
His wife Elaine and the Sunderland community have been left devastated by the death of the 54-year-old who was "full of life" and "always had a smile on his face".
He spent a week bed-bound at home but was later taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital after showing no signs of improvement.
Despite all efforts, his condition worsened and he died at the hospital on February 18.
Elaine was called to the hospital in the morning to say her goodbyes. She said: "I was holding his hand and said 'don't you ever leave me, I want you beside me all the time'.
"'And when it's my turn to go I want you to be there to pick me up'.
"He had a tiny eye open but once he went into an induced coma he never came round."
Recalling the day she met Keith as a 16-year-old at the Blue Bell pub in Fulwell, Elaine said it was love at first sight.
"We were the best of friends," she said.
"He was funny, he liked a laugh and he helped people a lot.
"He helped raise over £100,000 for charity but he never bragged about it."
Keith, who has been described as "kind-hearted, wonderful and funny", was an ever-present at Sunderland Spiritualist Church.
The couple exercised their passion for spiritualism by working seven days a week and visiting churches around the Sunderland area.
He was known throughout the country for his spiritualism, but he also touched many hearts through his kindness
A fundraiser set up in memory of Keith has already surpassed its target of raising £1,000.
Speaking of the fundraiser, Elaine said: "It's absolutely brilliant. I've been left with nothing because he didn't know he was going to die.
"Keith did a lot of things for people and it's great to see his work being paid back."
Elaine said a previous operation to remove half a thyroid may have played a part in his coronavirus diagnosis.
She added: "He was in hospital with Covid for a week, but they couldn't do any more for him."
A funeral service will take place at Sunderland Crematorium on March 8.