Family's heartfelt appeal after losing dad to Covid

February 02 2021

Steve Gay with daughters Philippa, Helen and Lucy

Steve Gay with daughters Philippa, Helen and Lucy

THE family of a Hanham man who died early in the pandemic are pleading with people to take coronavirus seriously and follow all precautions to stop the virus spreading.
Steve Gay lost his life in May at the age of 64 after five weeks in the intensive care unit at Southmead Hospital.
During that time, none of his five children and stepchildren or ten grandchildren could visit.
Steve, who ran Vinyl Graphics, a signwriting business in Hanham, and his wife Eve became ill in March after the 18th birthday party of one his grandsons. Eve recovered but Steve was admitted to hospital.
His daughter Philippa Carey said: “ We didn’t know what to expect. We thought he’d just be in there a couple of days but the virus damaged his lungs beyond repair.”
Eventually the family had to make the agonising decision to switch off the machines that were keeping him alive. Eve was with him but Philippa and the rest of the family had to watch on Facetime.
The family channelled their grief into a fundraising appeal. They hope to raise £7,500 for a ventilator for the ICU at Southmead.
Philippa said: "Dad was a really popular chap and he did like a good old party, so when we  are able to we will throw a celebration of his life and use it  to raise more money. We know that's what he'd have wanted."
In the meantime, though, Philippa, who works for Sirona Care and Health and is currently involved in the programme to deliver the Covid-19 vaccinations,  urged people to abide by the restrictions.
"You might be OK yourself but you can still carry the virus and infect others - so please follow the rules," she said.
To contribute to the fundraising, visit: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/steve-gay