The parents of murdered Soham schoolgirl Holly Wells have revealed they have become grandparents for the first time and that Holly would have been an aunt.
Kevin Wells, 51, announced the news as he declared his plans to take part in a seven-day trek along the Great Wall of China for a bereavement charity.
Mr Wells and wife Nicola, 48, now have a grandson Ethan, 18 months, born to their son, and Holly’s brother, Oliver, 25. Oliver and his partner Lydia Chambers are expecting their second child in June – two months before the 13th anniversary of Holly’s murder.
In a rare interview Mr Wells said: “After losing Holly I both witnessed and experienced the effects that bereavement and the grieving process can have on your life.
“We will never forget Holly but life does move on – it has to – and the intensity of your grief does diminish as the years pass.”
Holly and her friend Jessica Chapman, both 10, were killed by former school caretaker Ian Huntley.
Mr Wells, who runs a cleaning and window cleaning business, agreed to become the founding patron of the Grief Encounter charity in 2004.
He ran the London Marathon for it in 2012 and plans to take on the Great Wall in October. Two friends, Ali Msabaha and Robert Wright, will join him as he tackles the challenging terrain of one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
The trio have set themselves a fundraising target of £20,000 and together have so far raised £1,589. “Grief Encounter helped us learn how to manage our grief and that is why I will never stop supporting this charity,” said Kevin.
On his fundraising page, Mr Wells says: “After losing my daughter Holly in 2002, I both witnessed and experienced the effects that bereavement and the uninvited grieving process can have on your life and your future.
“At Grief Encounter, our role is to provide bereaved children with an understanding of what and how to deal with their circumstances and emotions in order to secure a chance to move forwards .”
Sponsor Mr Wells at https://www.justgiving.com/Kevin-WellsCharityChallenge