“It just all felt so unreal,” he said, “Four weeks earlier Victoria had celebrated her birthday and we were full of plans for the future. On the day she took ill, she had gone to work as normal but had to come home early as she had a bad headache.
“She passed out in the house and was taken to Craigavon Area Hospital and then on to the Royal in Belfast. She had suffered a brain haemorrhage.”
Two days later Victoria had a heart attack and after a further two days on a life support machine, Trevor had to take the agonising decision to allow it to be switched off.
The couple, who lived on the Clare Road, near Gilford, had no children and although Trevor had the support of family and friends he felt “alone and hopeless”.
It was one of his friends who put him in contact with Cruse Bereavement Care in Belfast and he attributes the support of the organisation to pulling him through one of the darkest periods of his life.
And this is why, this Bank Holiday Monday, Trevor and a group of friends will be running in two relays team in the Belfast Marathon to raise money for the charity.
Said Trevor, “I started going to the Sculpt Fitness in Portadown with my friend Paul Cranston in October. It was really a focus to get me out of the house and through the winter. I decided back then I was going to do the marathon, even though I had always been more of an armchair sports person.”