THE friend of a Skelmersdale man who died from Covid wished he had persuaded him to have the vaccine.
Carl Pennington, 41, who hadn’t had a vaccine, spent 10 days in Southport Hospital after receiving a positive test, and died soon after being put on a ventilator.
His devastated friend Jamie Williamson, 31, commented: “Carl hadn’t had the vaccine and I wish I had told him to because he wasn’t very active. I think this virus is deadly if you are not very active.
“I would encourage people to get out in the sunshine when we have it, get the Vitamin D inside them and go on a walk. Many people could learn to eat better. I hope to get my first vaccine this week.”
Jamie has now set up a fundraiser to help Carl’s family. Carl was a carer for his mum who died earlier this year from a heart attack. Jamie added: “Carl spent most of his adult life caring for his mum.
“He was struggling to pay for the funeral as she didn’t have any life insurance. Carl didn’t have much either.
“His family, including his brothers Colin and Mark, now have more funeral costs to pay. I decided to set up the fundraising page to help them.”
Carl, who was a Liverpool fan, was considered to be unselfish by those people who knew him. Jamie paid the following tribute to his friend: “I knew him basically all my life. He will be missed by everyone who knew him. He would do anything to help the people he knew.
“He used to cut my hair all the time and never asked for a penny when he could have charged. He has done this for years, so I feel like I owe him just for that alone.
“He will be missed by everyone who knew him. The world is a sadder place without him. You’ll Never Walk Alone Carl.”
More information about the fundraiser can be found by visiting https://is.gd/KPVQ5n