Community has rallied round Ben

Ben and his partner Steph - tributes have been paid to the mum-of-two, who has passed away
Ben and his partner Steph - tributes have been paid to the mum-of-two, who has passed away

Family of mum-of-two Steph Evans’s partner Ben Widdup have thanked the people of Todmorden who have helped them following her passing.

Steph, who was 25, was found dead in bed by her three-year-old son Alfie-James, and her story was told in last week’s Todmorden News.

She had a heart condition, dilated cardiomyopathy, in which the heart’s ability to pump blood around the body is decreased. Miss Evans’s family had once been told Steph would not live past the age of two and would never be able to have children.

Ben’s family have released a “thank you” statement for all who have helped them, especially Ben, Alfie-James and his brother 18-month-old Leyton-Baylee.

They say: “Thank you to the town of Todmorden, for pulling together at this sad time on the loss of Stephie Evans, and helping the Widdup family.

“What a lovely community. Mainly thank you for helping Ben Widdup and the boys. We really appreciate it as we cannot be with them at this present time. Love from Ben’s Auntie Wendy and family xxxx.”

Last week Ben said he had been overwhelmed by the support. A fundraising page in Miss Evans’s memory has been set up and a charity night will be held at Todmorden Social Club, Halifax Road, Todmorden. Featuring Steve Dean, it takes place on December 18 (8.30pm) and tickets are available from the club, Kafe Central and Vanessa Holmes.

The fundraising website can be found at www.youcaring.com/memorial-fundraiser/in-memory-of-stephie-/268267.