South Shields transplant dad’s funeral will give boost to homeless charity

Di and Luke Wilkinson with children Jude and Finn.
Di and Luke Wilkinson with children Jude and Finn.

The funeral of a South Tyneside father who lost his battle for life following a liver complaint will provide a boost for a local homeless charity.

Luke Wilkinson, 37, who was originally from Marsden, South Shields, died at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle earlier this month, after collapsing while on holiday in Singapore.

The engineering consultant had moved to Kuala Lumpur with his wife Di, 34, and children Jude, five, and Finn, three, when he took a job at an oil and gas company.

He fell ill five months ago after contracting several infections while working abroad and was on medication when he collapsed on holiday at the Siloso Beach Resort. He was diagnosed with liver failure as a result of the medication he was receiving and was flown home to the Freeman Hospital where it was initially thought to need a liver transplant.

That turned out not to be required and a virus had caused the liver problems.

Loved ones believed he was on the road to recovery, when he sadly took a turn for the worse and died on October 5.

His funeral was being held at South Tyneside Crematorium today (October 19) and guests are being asked to make donations to the Emmaus North East charity.

The organisation supports homeless people and is currently creating a centre at the former children’s home in Stanhope Road, South Shields.

The charity works to create a community environment which offers people a home, meaningful work and a sense of belonging.

The Wilkinson family said Luke “Will be sadly missed but never forgotten.”