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Devoted dad died in cliff fall

By Warren Wilkins 9th August 2017

Devoted dad died in cliff fall
Devoted dad Adam Fenton who died in a cliff fall in Newquay

A Newquay dad fell to his death from a cliff following a night out in the town centre with friends to celebrate beating cancer.

Adam Fenton was discovered at the foot of cliffs at Towan Beach in the early hours of Saturday, July 28.

The 32-year-old had been on his first night out with friends after being given the all-clear three weeks before following a battle against highly aggressive blood cancer. The roofer had undergone months of gruelling chemotherapy treatment after tumours were discovered on his heart, lungs and lymph nodes, which all shrunk after treatment.

Adam had been planning to marry his devoted fiancee Carly Blackman, 33, next year with the help of their daughters Macie, aged six, and Maddison, aged five, and his step-daughter Bayleigh, after being together for more than eight-and-a-half years. Devastated Carly had gone to bed after settling the children and woke up wondering where Adam was until police knocked on the door to say his body had been found.

Emergency services had been called to the scene and attempted to resuscitate Adam but were unsuccessful. Police are investigating Adam’s movements leading up to his death through analysing CCTV and interviewing witnesses, but it is understood friends thought he had simply gone home. The death is being treated as unexplained but not suspicious.

Rebecca Watson, 53, speaking on behalf of her daughter Carly, said: “Adam was diagnosed eight or nine months ago and it was one of the most aggressive forms of cancer, affecting his heart, lungs and lymph nodes.

“He had six months of chemo and we thought we were going to lose him then. It was a miracle he got through it. We never thought he would come out the other side but he did. They said that the tumours had all shrunk.

“They couldn’t say he was in remission but he had a scan and they had all gone. We were celebrating. We thought he would never get through it but he responded to the treatment. It was unbelievable.

“The cancer brought us all closer together. We were going up and down from Derriford Hospital. In a way he was out to celebrate his all-clear. It was just a couple of drinks. It was the first time he had been out in ages.”

Rebecca is now calling on Cornwall Council to make the cliff safer after speculating Adam had entered the bushes not realising there was a sheer drop on the other side.

“It’s a mystery what happened,” she said. “It is so early days but there is only a metal pole – a barrier – and if you walked up to the bush at the edge you would never think that the cliff edge was there.

“Adam knows Newquay.  I don’t think he did it on purpose. He had absolutely no reason. He was so happy. I can’t imagine him doing that. He was the most lovely and most loving and happy man. He was the most friendly person you would wish to meet. It doesn't make sense at all. He had his children, he had his family, he had the all-clear and he had everything to live for. They were about to get married and now the songs they picked for their wedding will be played at the funeral. We are just so numb.

“Telling the youngest girls was heartbreaking. They've been going to and fro from hospital helping their daddy fight cancer and now this.”

Friends of the family are now raising money to support full-time-mother Carly, whose benefits have mistakenly been stopped following Adam’s death while she is grieving.

Tracey Sinkevicius had hoped to raise enough money so Carly can take the children on holiday to help them get over the tragedy but Rebecca states the money will now be needed  to help with day-to-day costs. The appeal has so far raised over £1,000.

Tracey said: “The family have gone through so much over the past few years, Carly has been such an amazing mum and strong support to Adam.

“The family are devastated and are trying to come to terms with the
sudden loss. I’m sure you will all agree with me and support me in trying to raise money to pay for Carly and the girls  to have a holiday of a lifetime.

“I know it won’t change anything but it will help with the healing for the family, especially those little girls who have lost their daddy. Come on Newquay I know you will all get
behind me and help Carly and the girls have the holiday they most certainly need at this terrible time.”

Rebecca said: “Adam was on ESA because the doctor said he needed to rest for three to six months.

“I’m sorting out her paperwork and I phoned up to inform them of his death as I didn’t want Carly getting any trouble but they have stopped everything, even the child tax credits.

“I thought they would have understood she was there by herself. They have abandoned her when she needs help the most. She’s not even entitled to a widow’s pension as they weren’t married. I can’t understand why they have done this. Any help would be lovely.”

To donate, visit: https:// www.crowdfunder.co.uk/carly-and-her-3-girls
Anyone with information that can assist the police inquiry can contact 101 or Crimestoppers, quoting either log 193  29/07/2017 or EN/013296/17.

By Warren Wilkins 9th August 2017

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