A woman has spoke out about the heartbreaking ritual she carries out every year on the anniversary of her husband's death who was tragically struck by a car.
42-year-old Nichola Bond repeats the last action she remembers doing for her husband, Ian Bond, on the day that he died and leaves a cup of tea on the bedside cabinet at 6am once a year.
The widow, from Newcastle, then visits the spot where a car hit her partner who went for a run on the morning of November 27, but sadly never returned, reports Chronicle Live.
He was struck by a car in Bootle, Merseyside, just days before his 46th birthday causing brain injuries that killed him four days later. He leaves behind his wife Nichola, and their eight-year-old child Layton.
Nichola stated: "It was just heart-breaking really. When I first realised what had happened, I really, genuinely, honestly did not believe that he was going to die.
"I really didn't think, because of the road that he was on, because it's a 30 mile an hour road.
"I just assumed when I went in to see him that it was going to be a few broken bones and he was going to just be lying there with a look on his face as of to say, 'I'm really sorry'.
"When I was sitting in the room on my own, waiting to go in and see him, I was laughing to myself. I was like, 'Oh god, how dramatic am I being, crying like this? He's probably going to be fine and we're going to laugh about this in the next couple of months, and say don't ever do it again'.
"And, it just didn't turn out like that at all. It was just heart-wrenching."
Ian, originally from Dingle in Liverpool, was making his way through the Marvel films like Iron Man and Captain America with Layton and Nichola when he died.
Nichola tells Layton that his "daddy is a superhero".
She said: "They were very much into Marvel and Star Wars and all that kind of thing, so we branded dad as a superhero.
"He was when he was alive, and now that he's passed, he still is. He's always going to be that to us. He was his best friend. He constantly hung around Ian's neck.
"They were just best friends and I was like the third wheel. I felt for him so much when Ian passed."
But Ian lives on when Nichola and Layton celebrate his birthday and anniversaries by getting a cake and writing cards.
Or when Nichola watches their wedding video to hear his voice, see his face, and "remember what he was like as an actual living person".
His photo sits on the Champions Wall at Anfield, something Nichola said he would be "made up about, being a massive LFC supporter".
Ian's caring nature continues to help people even now as he became an organ donor when he died almost three years ago.
More than 300 people in the North West had their lives saved by transplants last year after people died and donated their organs.
One of Ian's kidneys went to a woman who had been waiting for years for a transplant.
The other gave a man with a daughter a "second chance at life".
Speaking of knowing that Ian continues to help people in death, Nichola said: "It feels nice because that is the kind of person that he was.
"He was just full of doing things for other people and making sure other people were alright and fulfilled.
"I just felt lucky to be part of his life and for us to have that opportunity. The chances of that happening again in a lifetime are very slim, so I'm grateful that I've had that chance.
"I hope my son turns out a lot like him."
Organ Donation Week runs until Sunday, September 26. To mark the week, children's choir Harmonies of Hope released a new song, 'Invisible', to raise awareness of transplant waiting lists.
NHS Blood and Transplant is urging people in the North West to discuss organ donation with their families.
More than 7,000 people, including 200 children, are predicted to be in need of an organ transplant.
Anthony Clarkson, Director of Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation, at NHS Blood and Transplant, said: "Every day across the UK there are thousands of patients and their families, waiting for that all important life-saving call, including 676 people in The North West.
"Yet, this is often only possible as a result of another family receiving some of the hardest news they might ever have to hear.
"Even though the law around organ donation has changed to an opt out system for adults in England, Scotland and Wales, it is important that people are aware that families will still always be consulted before organ donation goes ahead.
"It is just as important as ever to make your organ donation decision known to your family and friends and leave them certain of what you what to happen in the event of your death.
"We urge all family members of all ages in The North West to take a moment this Organ Donation Week to talk and share your decision."
For more information, or to register your organ donation decision, please visit: www.organdonation.nhs.uk or call 0300 123 23 23. NHS app users can also use the service to record, check or update their organ donation decision.
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