Widow pays tribute to ‘wonderful father’

A widow has paid tribute to her husband after it was revealed he helped save five lives following his tragic death.

Andy Charlton, from North Shields, was killed after he was hit by a car while out cycling in Northumberland on Saturday, August 9.

But the 43-year-old – who had given up work to care for their two-year-old son Oscar, who suffers from cystic fibrosis – ensured five people received life-changing transplants after being on the organ donor register.

Andy’s wife Katy has opened up about the tragedy and has taken comfort in the news he has helped other people.

She said: “Andy was loved so very much, he was a wonderful father to our two-and-a-half-year-old son Oscar and identical twin girls Eleanor and Chloe, born only two months ago.

“He had such an interesting and varied life; he loved his family and had many friends.

“He will be so sadly missed by everyone who knew him. It is utterly tragic that his children will grow up without a father.

“Signing the donation papers was much easier in the knowledge that it was Andy’s wish; a donation requires both the donor’s and family consent.

“Being on the donor register was especially important to Andy in the knowledge that many people with cystic fibrosis require lung transplants later in life.”

A JustGiving page has been set up in Andy’s memory to raise much needed funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust has already raised over £7,800.

People can help it go further by visiting www.justgiving.com/Charltonfamily

Andy was riding his bike on the A6079 near Chollerton when he was involved in a collision with a Ford Fiesta.

A 55-year-old man has attended a police station voluntarily in connection with the collision, and police are still appealing for witnesses.

A Northumbria Police spokesperson said: “Police are continuing to appeal for information in relation to the collision.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 ext 69191.