Wife, 73, couldn’t see husband of 53 years before he died after they both got coronavirus

Peter and Marion Atkin were married for 53 years and were inseparable until the very end (Image: Hull Daily Mail WS)

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A widow is devastated after the husband she was 'inseparable' from in 53 years of marriage died without her by his side due to coronavirus. 

Peter and Marion Atkin, from Hull, spent most of their lives together before Covid-19 separated them.

On April 23, Peter was admitted to Castle Hill Hospital to receive treatment for lung cancer.

He had been diagnosed in late February, but the disease had rapidly spread to his neck and face and his illness was soon designated as stage four cancer, Hull Live reports.

The day after he arrived at the hospital, he tested positive for Covid-19 and was moved to the coronavirus ward.

Marion tested positive for Covid-19 just a few days after her husband Peter
(Image: Hull Daily Mail WS)

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His wife Marion, 73, could not visit him because hospital visits were banned at the time.

She said: "It all happened so fast, that's why I think I can't get my head around it."

But just a few days later, on April 28, Marion was admitted to Hull Royal Infirmary – just a few miles away from her husband – after she contracted the virus too.

While still in hospital, on May 2 she received the devastating news that her husband had passed away aged 74.

Peter left behind the couple's two daughters and their three grandchildren, aged 14, 17 and 23.

Marion lived with her daughter for 11 days after being discharged from hospital three days later, on May 5.

She said she is still suffering with breathing problems after sustaining lung damage during her battle with Covid-19.

Outside the couple's house there is now a signpost reading 'Pete's Place'
(Image: Hull Daily Mail WS)

She added: "It's been horrendous. This Covid, it's so awful.

"But I don't know what would have happened if I had gone too, I don't know how my girls would have coped.

"Hopefully I'll get stronger as time goes on, but I'm fitter now, so I'm going to get through this. Covid isn't going to get me."

She has since returned to the home in Anlaby Park Road South which she shared with Peter for 32 years.

Outside it, there now stands a community garden, signposted "Pete's Place", which has been put together in his memory by Marion's neighbours.

Peter, who was described "a hard-working man" and "well-liked" by people who knew him, had worked as a binman in Hull for 22 years.

Now, to help preserve his memory further and give something back to the medics who cared for him, Marion is making handmade angels to sell for £1 each and raise money for the oncology centre at Castle Hill.

"I think I'm an angel and I've been sent back to this Earth for a reason, that's why I'm doing this now," she said.

"I just wanted to do something, even a small gesture."

Marion's friend Alison, who has bought 40 of the angels herself, said: "Marion has a huge heart and never asks for anything in return.

"She has done things for charity and friends all her life, and though Covid has seen her lose her beloved Peter, she still continues her charity work.

"We are all lucky to have Marion in our lives. She is an angel."

Marion has since made over 400 angels, even having to enlist the help of three friends to meet demand.

All the proceeds have been placed into a sealed container, which will only be opened when they are ready to be donated.

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