“If love alone could have saved Tom, he would have lived forever.”
Kelsey Parker, the wife of the late Tom Parker, has launched a fundraiser in aid of a number of causes that were close to her husband’s heart.
Tom, who was a member of the boyband The Wanted, passed away last week following a brain tumour diagnosis. He was 33-years-old.
Kelsey has since launched a GoFundMe in an attempt to turn her grief into “something positive”, and to keep his memory alive. She has requested fans donate to the fundraiser rather than sending flowers.
A message from Kelsey on the GoFundMe reads: “I am Kelsey Parker, very proud wife of Tom Parker, probably best known for being one fifth of UK boyband The Wanted, but to those who knew him he was my husband, a Daddy, son, brother and friend.
“As many of you know, Tom was diagnosed with a brain tumour in October 2020 and on Wednesday 30th March 2022 he passed away peacefully with all of his closest friends and family by his side.”
She continues: “Our hearts are truly broken, Tom was the centre of our world and we can’t imagine life without him, but one of the biggest sources of comfort over the last 2 years has been the outpouring of love and support we’ve all received. We can’t thank everyone enough for holding Tom, myself and the children in your thoughts and prayers, for lighting candles and sharing beautiful messages of hope and condolence.”
Kelsey says later: “We politely request that instead of gifts and flowers, donations are made to this GoFundMe account with all proceeds eventually going to amazing causes in Tom’s name, to help others in need. We simply couldn’t have got through the last 2 years without the help and support we have received and if we can offer it back to others that would be the best way to honour Tom and make our two children, Aurelia and Bodhi proud.”
She then added: “If love alone could have saved Tom, he would have lived forever…”
As it stands, over 1,500 people have donated to the GoFundMe and over £25,000 has been raised.