Vicky Pattison’s father was diagnosed with cancer last year.
The former Geordie Shore star has opened up on the difficulty of her father John undergoing treatment in 2020 as lockdown restrictions meant that he spent the ‘majority’ of his time in hospital alone.
The 33-year-old said: ‘Last year, my dad got cancer. And that would be scary and awful enough any year- but happening in 2020 added a whole heap of extra issues, difficulties and heartbreak.
‘My dad had to go through the majority of this alone as he wasn’t allowed someone with him in the hospital due to the Covid-19 virus.
‘On top of that, even when lockdown restrictions were relaxed- we couldn’t risk giving him anything, with his immune system at an all-time low due to his treatment – so when we wanted to be there for my dad the most, and when he really needed us, for the most part we were unable to comfort him. Which has been an incredibly difficult pill for us to swallow.’
Vicky has teamed up with the greetings card company Tache for her own birthday cards, 100% of the profits from which will go to Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care, which offers transport to and from hospital for cancer patients.
The reality star said: ‘Throughout this entire process the team at Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care have been a real ray of sunlight for my dad and I’ll never be able to thank them enough! They offer vehicles to transport outpatients, free of charge, to and from Hospital who are undergoing chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy cancer treatment.
‘They’ve not only been taking my dad to and from the hospital, their wonderful volunteers have also provided him with comfort and kindness when things have got difficult and the pain worsened.’
Brian Burnie, founder of Daft as a Brush, said: ‘We’re so grateful to Vicky for thinking of Daft as a Brush.
‘We’ve been doing all we can during the coronavirus emergency to continue our free cancer patient transport service and any help from donations, volunteers or collaborations like these will help us continue to offer our service to those that need it in the North East’
Vicky’s cards feature an illustration of her, with greetings reading ‘happy birthday lass’ or ‘why aye man, it’s your birthday!’
A message on the back from the former queen of the jungle reads: ‘You legend! Thank you for your support.’
Vicky previously discussed John’s battle with alcoholism, saying in 2018 that the 61-year-old had been in an out of hospital, rehab and AA meetings with his addiction.
She told Fabulous magazine: ‘We’ve recognised him as an alcoholic for the last 10 years, but he’s probably been one all his life. He’s now recognised it, too. He’s drunk himself to two heart attacks and a stroke, so that’s not something you can ignore.
‘I’ve watched my strong, breadwinning, funny, life-and-soul-of-the-party dad become an old man. It’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to me.’
At the time, Vicky said that her father was sober.
Her mother Caroll left John in 2017 after 35 years of marriage and has gone on to find a new relationship, but she was still supporting her estranged husband.
This comes as Vicky revealed that she and her boyfriend Ercan Ramadan were left bedbound ’16 hours a day’ after getting Covid-19 over Christmas.
Vicky’s cards are £3.50 and available on Tache and Not On The High Street, with proceeds going to Daft as a Brush.