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Friends help make dad’s dying wish come true after his death from COVID

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Original article from Kent Live

An incredible tribute has been made to of a dad-of-two, who died from COVID-19.

Babafemi Yussuff, better known as Femi, was one of the many who sadly lost their life to coronavirus.

The 48-year-old, from Greenhithe, was a father to two young boys David, 10, and Gabriel, 5.

A JustGiving page has now been set up to raise £10,000 to redecorate their bedrooms after his tragic death in December 2020.

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In an incredible tribute, a friend to Femi has rallied together several B&Q stores, to help donate to the fundraising page.

Paul Burton met Femi whilst they were both working for B&Q, Femi would work in different stores helping to promote and drive sales.

Paul, 40, is the store manager of West Thurrock's B&Q. He said: "We had a shared connection. You couldn't have met a nicer guy, he had a zest for life, which I shared.

"I was his main man, he used to refer to me as his 'main man' which we used to laugh about.

Femi Yussuf (left) with friend Paul Burton (right) working alongside one another in B&Q

"We often had this sort of comradery between us, sort of a brotherhood. Just a genuinely nice guy that you'd love to have had in your family, he was that sort of man."

Femi did not have any underlying health conditions, as one might expect, when he died from coronavirus.

"It was really, really difficult, obviously because he died in the middle of the coronavirus and the lockdown.

"His family had to stream his funeral service. It was harrowing to say the least. Just listening to his family who were beside themselves with grief.

Paul pays tribute to Femi as he says he was a "humbled, fun loving and charismatic" man

"I was one of the last people to see him. I didn't hear from him for a couple of weeks. His line manager rung me and said 'oh I just wanted to let you know that Femi's ill in hospital with coronavirus' and we were obviously like shock horror.

"Femi's initial reaction was he was concerned, as you are with coronavirus, for anyone you've come into contact with.

"Now that he's passed, the fact that he was more concerned with my families safety, that for me is why I've got such a deep routed connect to this cause."

The dying wish of a "humbled, fun loving and charismatic" minister

Paul helped set up the fundraising page so that Femi's dying wish could come true.

Femi pictured with his two young sons David and Gabriel, and his partner Oyin.

He said: "Femi's dying wish was that he would be able to do something for his boys and redecorate their bedrooms.

"We've set out a challenge to raise £10k so that we can fully kit out both of his sons bedrooms, and leave them with something in Femi's memory."

"Really young boys that now have got to go through life without a dad, as many families have been impacted by coronavirus.

"We've lost thousands of people. To one minute be walking around loving life, thriving, supporting people as a minister.

"When we found out afterwards that he was doing all this support as a minister, supporting people and families. It just spoke volumes of the integrity of the man."

In three words Paul described Femi as "humbled, fun loving and charismatic".

'Incredibly humbled and emotional'

The JustGiving page has raised just over £5k so far, much of the donations have come from several B&Q stores.

The biggest donator to the cause, is the B&Q in Canterbury, who have raised over £2k of the money with the help of colleagues and customers.

"The Canterbury team have been absolutely outstanding. For someone they didn't know, it tells me everything I want to know the people that work for B&Q.

Femi was from Greenhithe and worked in several B&Q stores, before he passed away from COVID-19

"The money that they've raised in that shop, even I've been incredibly humbled and emotional.

Other B&Q stores who donated included Dartford, Gravesend and Thurrock among others.

The JustGiving page

Femi's dying wish was for his sons bedrooms to get redecorated

The JustGiving page read: "In loving memory of Femi who's sadly passed away after falling Ill with Coronavirus.

"Femi as a father.

"Femi loved his two children with all his heart, even until the last day, he pined for them. He was so proud of them and always worked so hard to provide for his family.

"Everything that he did, he had the boys and their future at the forefront of his mind. He would always fantasise about how he planned to re-do the boys rooms and decorate it so they would love it so much.

Several B&Q stores raised thousands of pounds to fulfil Femi's dying wish

"He loved playing with his children, buying the nicest outfits to match his “swagger” and encouraging them to be the best that they could be at school.

"Femi was someone I admired and we shared many similar values in life, his fun loving nature will be sorely missed by so many.

"I'm hoping we can bring Femi's wishes to life with your support."

To donate to the fundraising page, visit here.

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