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    Mother, 35, with 13 children dies of Covid with her wife paying tribute to ‘backbone of our family’ as relatives of UK’s coronavirus victims accuse Boris Johnson of ‘ignoring’ them and demand public inquiry into his response to crisis

    • Sonia Partridge, 35, died at University Hospital of North Tees on Tuesday morning surrounded by her family
    • Wife Kerry Ann, 40, had six of her own children while Sonia had two. The other five came via sperm donor  
    • Daughter Meera Jo, 16, said: ‘We just feel numb, and other times we are just crying and can’t stop crying’

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    A mother with 13 children has died from coronavirus leaving her heartbroken wife to pay tribute to the ‘backbone of our family’.  

    Her death comes as 200,000 people signed a petition demanding Boris Johnson holds a public inquiry into the Government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. 

    Sonia Partridge, 35, of Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham, died in hospital in the early hours of Tuesday morning, leaving her partner Kerry Ann without ‘my life for the last 11 years’. 

    The next day, Mrs Partridge, 40, paid touching tribute to her wife who she said ‘was bullied for being so big, but gave all of us the confidence to be individual and not care what anyone thought’.

    Sonia had two children of her own and Kerry Ann had six, with their other five being via sperm donor.

    Grieving relatives of coronavirus victims ratcheted up their campaign for a public inquiry last night with a striking video projected on to the Houses of Parliament.  

    The Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice group accused Boris Johnson of ‘ignoring’ requests for a meeting to discuss the Government’s pandemic response. 

    Emotional members hit out at ‘flawed decision-making’ and said: ‘Ours are the stories of where we’ve got it wrong.’ 

    Their faces were beamed on to the south side of the Palace of Westminster by the Led By Donkeys anti-Brexit organisation, which has a track record of such stunts.  

    Sonia Partridge (back row, centre, with her family), 35, of Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham, died in hospital in the early hours of Tuesday morning, leaving her partner Kerry Ann without ‘my life for the last 11 years’

    Ms Partridge, who is studying to be a midwife at university, said Sonia ‘loved everyone with a passion’ and that looking after the youngest 11 of their children without her will be ‘so hard’.

    She said their family ‘needs time’ because they have been served an eviction notice by their landlords, and they have set up a fundraiser to cover Sonia’s funeral costs and help them through the winter.

    Speaking from their family home in Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham, Ms Partridge said: ‘I just walk into a room and expect to see her and she’s not there.

    ‘I’m watching the younger children running around like nothing has changed, and it’s very hard to accept she’s never going to see them grow up.’

    The next day, Kerry Ann Partridge (right), 40, paid touching tribute to her wife (left) who she said 'was bullied for being so big, but gave all of us the confidence to be individual and not care what anyone thought'

    The next day, Kerry Ann Partridge (right), 40, paid touching tribute to her wife (left) who she said ‘was bullied for being so big, but gave all of us the confidence to be individual and not care what anyone thought’

    She added Sonia, who had underlying health conditions, ‘could only manage one or two words’ after she was rushed to University Hospital of North Tees on Friday, but that ‘we were with her when she passed’.

    Fighting back tears, she said: ‘She got too tired, and decided she would take the oxygen mask off and she went really quickly after that.’

    Daughter Meera Jo, 16, saw her mother in hospital before she died and said ‘there’s never going to be enough words’ to pay tribute to her.

    Miss Partridge said: ‘It’s left a massive hole in all our lives. It’s hard telling the little ones she’s gone away with the angels and she’s not coming home.

    ‘No matter how hard things were for her, she always put everyone else first, and now she’s gone.

    Sonia (pictured) had two children of her own and Kerry Ann had six, with their other five being via sperm donor

    Pictured: Sonia Partridge

    Sonia (pictured) had two children of her own and Kerry Ann had six, with their other five being via sperm donor

    ‘We just feel numb, and other times we are just crying and can’t stop crying.

    ‘And when we laugh now, it feels wrong because she’s not here to laugh with us.’

    Ms Partridge said she, Meera and the other children, the youngest of whom is two years old, are coping with their loss by ‘doing the things that would make Sonia feel better’.

    She said: ‘We’re doing the housework and getting the Christmas decorations out.

    ‘Sonia loved Christmas, it was her favourite time of year. She put so much magic into everything she did.

    ‘She was the homemaker, the foundation of our home. She did all the running around looking after the young ones, making sure the laundry was done, and being here for the kids when they wanted to hug her.

    ‘We just want people to know how amazing she was.’

    The family’s fundraiser can be found here.

    Deborah Doyle, from Sunderland, said: 'My mum was called Sylvia, and she passed away in a care home on the sixteenth of April'

    Deborah Doyle, from Sunderland, said: ‘My mum was called Sylvia, and she passed away in a care home on the sixteenth of April’

    More than 200,000 people have now signed a petition launched by ‘hundreds of bereaved families’ demanding a ‘rapid review’ into ministers’ handling of the crisis.  

    Anti-Brexit group Led By Donkeys’ record of stunts 

    May 24: Blasted ‘stay at home’ messages outside Dominic Cummings’ house following Barnard Castle scandal.

    January 31: Projected a pro-EU message on the White Cliffs of Dover on Brexit Day. 

    October 2019: Erected billboards with a picture of PM saying ‘I lied to the Queen’ following prorogation of Parliament. 

    October 2019: Ploughed the message ‘Britain now wants to remain’ into a wheat field in Wiltshire. 

    September 2019:  Carved a quote from Michael Gove ‘we didn’t vote to leave without a deal’ into the sand at Redcar beach.

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    The video to mark the petition’s milestone features Lobby Akinnola, 29, whose father Olufemi died with coronavirus in April.

    He says: ‘I would do anything to have my Dad back, but I can’t. So instead I’m going to try and emulate him – and care for other people, and use everything I can to make sure that no one else has to experience this. 

    ‘There are lessons to be learned here that can prevent other people from feeling the pain that I feel every day.’

    It also featured Deborah Doyle, from Sunderland, whose mother Sylvia Griffiths died of Covid-19 aged 76 in April. 

    Her face lighting up the River Thames last night, she said: My mum was called Sylvia, and she passed away in a care home on the sixteenth of April. 

    ‘The nurse that was with her said to me on the day that she died: “Deborah, your Mum has still got a lot of life left in her”. 

    ‘I would love to meet Boris, to ask him to agree to a statutory public inquiry – to learn lessons from the first wave and save lives.

    ‘We need to stop this happening again. Please Boris, we’ve written to you, the group that I’m involved in, many, many times. In Parliament you’ve said you’ll meet with bereaved families.’

    And Jamie Brown, whose father Tony, 65, died of Covid-19 in Colchester General Hospital on 29 March slammed the Prime Minister for not meeting. 

    He said: ‘You said you’d meet with us, and then you went back on your promise. So now that you’re ignoring us, we’ve decided to bring our message to the Houses of Parliament.

    ‘We’ve experienced first hand the pointed end of flawed decision making and poor planning. Ours are the stories of where we’ve got it wrong.’ 

    In August the Prime Minister suggested he was prepared to meet with Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice but later rowed back, pointing to a legal challenge mounted by the group.

    Responding to a question by Sir Keir Starmer at PMQs, he said: ‘It turns out that this particular group that he refers to are currently in litigation against the Government and I will certainly meet them once that litigation is concluded.’ 

    At the time Downing Street said: ‘The Prime Minister has responded to Bereaved Families For Justice to express his sincere condolences to all families who have sadly lost loved ones to this terrible disease.’ 

    The campaigners have sent pre-action letters to the Government, which they claim is ‘entirely distinct to litigation’.  

    Led By Donkeys regularly execute eye-catching stunts hammering ministers and MPs. 

    On January 31, the day Britain left the EU, they projected a pro-Brussels film on to the White Cliffs of Dover saying the UK would rejoin the bloc ‘before long’. 

    They also trolled former Downing Street chief aide Dominic Cummings after he allegedly broke lockdown rules, driving a digital billboard outside his London home playing ‘stay at home’ messages.   

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