Tragedy as JLR worker dies just weeks after marrying ‘love of his life’ during hospice ceremony

A Jaguar Land Rover worker who married the love of his life at a hospice has tragically died.

Brave Simon Stevens, 38, died at Marie Curie Hospice Solihull last night (Sunday, November 14) with his wife Lynne and mother Julie at his bedside.

A message on a GoFundMe fundraising page created on his behalf announced the tragic news.

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Ruth Price, who set up the fundraising site, wrote: “Simon fell asleep peacefully last night with Lynne and his mother Julie by his side.” He was only 38 years old. He will be deeply missed, but his legacy will live on.

“My love and my thoughts go to his family and friends. XxxxxX I am really crushed on losing a great friend. So brave and strong to the last x slept well Simon x”

Simon and Lynne Stevens, who were married at Marie Curie Hospice in Solihull

Simon teamed up with Lynne Male at a special ceremony at Marie Curie Hospice Solihull on October 26th.

The immediate family and best man Iain Prior watched as the devoted couple from Yardley Wood exchanged promises and rings.

Simon died of peritoneal mesothelioma, which is caused by exposure to asbestos.

The RAF veteran fell ill in January and was diagnosed with the devastating disease in March.

Simon Stevens being cared for at Marie Curie Hospice in Solihull
Simon Stevens being cared for at Marie Curie Hospice in Solihull

He was cared for at Marie Curie Hospice with Lynne a constant by his side.

Last week, Lynne told BirminghamLive: “Simon was just a very healthy man who got sick overnight. It was completely devastating.

“We’ve been together for 14 and a half years. The wedding was originally scheduled to take place on October 28, but Simon suddenly became more ill on Tuesday afternoon and the wedding was reversed in about four hours.

“It was special to have our immediate family there. We exchanged promises and rings.”

The couple has a passion for greyhounds and has three of their own, which have been adopted from the Daybreaks Trust Rescue Center, based on Coventry Road, Solihull.

Simon and Lynne have been regular volunteers at Daybreaks.

Simon helped with the maintenance of the rescue center as well as numerous other tasks.

The couple has already helped raise over £ 1,000 for Daybreaks by organizing two online dog shows and helping with a 2022 Daybreaks calendar.

A fundraising campaign was by Ruth Price, founder of Daybreaks, on behalf of Simon.

Simon and Lynne Stevens, who have just gotten married at Marie Curie Hospice.  Pictured with their three greyhounds
Simon and Lynne Stevens, who have just gotten married at Marie Curie Hospice. Pictured with their three greyhounds

His wish was to raise money for the group, which is going to buy premises as the current plot is rented.

So far, over £ 11,600 has been raised. To view or donate to the fundraising page, click here.

On the Justgiving page, Ruth said, “Simon asked that we set up a fundraiser in his name.

“The goal is to raise money to help secure the future and secure the kennels in the coming years.

“Daybreak’s Trust and Kennels have been an important part of Simon’s life – a place Simon said gave him ‘a purpose in life’.

“The kennels are currently rented out. Simon’s wish is that the Daybreak Trust ultimately owns the place, which would secure its future forever.

“This would mean that we can continue to re-house greyhounds, which in turn changes the lives of not only the dogs and those who adopt, but all the volunteers who are part of our Daybreaks family.

“This will be a true legacy.”

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