If you joined Ant and Dec for them Saturday night takeaway, then you will remember a touching moment of the show set among all the jokes, inexplicable Viking costumes and Pussycat Dolls. The hosts surprised Simon and Petra Williams with the keys to a brand new home, while millions of people across the country watched.
It was a little fortunate that the couple more than deserved, after losing their daughter Darcey-Leigh due to the sudden infant death syndrome in 2017.
In the aftermath of the tragedy, Petra instituted the charity Darcey’s Dream, which provides support to the families of the recently deceased, while the courier Simon works all day to provide for his wife and three children: the little Emelia-Paige five years old, Layla-Grace three years old and Bailey two years old.
Upon entering their new £ 260,000 ($ 337,538) three-bed home on the Moorfields estate of Bellway Home, near Gosforth Park, Newcastle, Petra said, “It’s just a dream come true. Not in your wildest dreams do you think of find yourself up Saturday night takeaway, receiving the keys to your home. “
Simon said, “I don’t think it will sink until we have the kids running around here, the dog has settled down – then it will be ours.”
The house was built by Bellway property developer. Petra’s best friend and right-hand man at Darcey’s Dream, Nikki Pinchen, helped Q Interiors make sure the house design was perfect for the Williams family.
Explain why he spends so much time and effort on Darcey’s dreamPetra said: “Sometimes we are a bit like passing ships, we both work so hard. But for me, I could work an 85-hour week, barely see my husband, and I would still feel it was worth it my job, to see the difference it makes for children.
“At the end of the day, it’s my baby’s legacy and getting recognition for our work was fantastic.
“Since we were on Saturday night takeaway, we’ve had thousands of more views on our website and social media: as a small charity, it’s often difficult to recognize, so it’s fantastic.
“We want to raise awareness that siblings have lost as much as mom and dad when there is mourning, I am passionate about raising awareness about the loss of siblings, so this was brilliant for this.”
But while the house is almost perfect, the family has some very important assets that need to be transferred before it is truly their family home.
Petra said: “We have so many things about Darcey that will come here: her blankets, her teddy bears, the kids have their memory boxes and their” Darcey bunnies “, the teddy bears of brother brothers who remind them of her, that their love, I think Emelia-Paige tells her bunny Darcey more than she tells me.
“I have a rocker that was Darcey that I keep close to my bed, with all his teddy bears and stuff inside. We talk about it every single day, we keep his memory alive and the girls keep his memory alive – he will never be forgotten in this house.
“When Darcey died my world collapsed, when you lose a child you don’t think you will ever smile again in your whole life, but then your other children will do something and you will smile. Layla-Grace [Darcey’s twin] she has the most beautiful smile and I always say she smiles for the two of them “.