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Son loses both parents who were in their 60s to Covid within six hours of each other

A man whose parents died of coronavirus within six hours of each other has revealed he takes comfort in knowing 'they are still together'.

Daryl Gilley, from Sittingbourne in Kent, caught coronavirus around Christmas and did not realise his parents were unwell until his father was brought into hospital.

Chris and Stella Gilley, who lived in Queensborough on the Isle of Sheppey, were in their 60s when they were taken to Medway hospital in Gillingham, reported Kent Online.

Announcing a fundraiser online, Daryl wrote: 'They spent their lives together from early teens and now they have passed, it's comforting to know they are still together.' 

Chris and Stella Gilley (pictured together), who lived in Queensborough on the Isle of Sheppey were in their 60s when they were taken to Medway hospital in Gillingham and later died

Chris died on January 14 and his childhood sweetheart Stella followed just six hours later on January 15.  

Stella was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1998 and Chris juggled three jobs to support the family before becoming her permanent carer in 2002.

The family all caught Covid-19 around Christmas and, while Daryl was recovering, his parents kept quiet that they were also ill until his dad was taken to hospital.

He was there for three days before discharging himself to care for Stella.

Daryl Gilley, from Sittingbourne, with his wife Katy and their children 

Both of their conditions worsened and they and were taken to Medway hospital where they both died.

Now Daryl is taking part in a Run with Mum fundraising challenge, to complete 140,000 steps in March. 

He will be walking every morning before work in memory of his mother to raise money for the Kent MS Therapy Centre in Canterbury, which supported Stella and provided respite for Chris.

Daryl said: 'We are supporting the Run with Mum event in my mum's memory as she really enjoyed the facilities at the Kent MS Therapy Centre.

'You could always tell when she was going as she was noticeably happier in the lead up to it.. The centre also proved to be a great social outlet for them both.' 

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