Sisters who became orphans overnight after losing their mum on the same day as their father’s FUNERAL are raising thousands of pounds for cancer charities.
Chloe Turnbull, 21, and sister, Cara, 16, lost their mum Michaela to ovarian cancer at the age of just 50, as they were laying their father Rob, 58, to rest.
The pair were on the way to the hospital to visit their mum after the ceremony when they were told that she had passed away, 20 days after their dad passed away from pneumonia while battling lung cancer.
The selfless young women have overcome their ordeal in March and are now raising cash to support charities.
Marketing assistant Chloe, who now cares for Cara, even combined her 21st birthday celebrations with an event to raise £4,500 for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Chloe said: “It’s the kind of thing that is unimaginable until you go through it.
“They both went downhill really quickly and passed within 20 days of each other.
“My mum was due to go to the funeral and see my dad in the chapel but she didn’t make it.
“She died the same day. It’s been a real whirlwind.”
“Looking after a teenager and all the ups and downs teenagers have would have been difficult without everything Cara and I have been through over the past year.”
The girls are still living at their family home with a close friend of Chloe’s, Amy Dean, who is also one of Cara’s legal guardians along with the girls’ maternal grandparents.
Rob passed away on March 6, while Michaela lost her fight for life just 20 days later.
Chloe added: “I’ve been coping well, but I couldn’t have done it without Amy, my grandparents, my godparents or the Macmillan nurses.
“Without everyone being so supportive it would have been ten times worse”
“The nurses still call in on us from time to time to see how we are.”
Pal Amy said: “March this year destroyed a lovely little family, leaving two girls without parents.
“Despite this tragic and heartbreaking loss Chloe and Cara have kept going and have been very strong throughout this year and everyone including Michaela’s parents, friends and family who have been a great support to the girls are very proud.”