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Mum who lost her baby son and husband just five days apart has found love again

Rhian Burke married Craig Mannings at a 'secret' wedding in Llanerch Vineyard last Saturday.

A mum whose baby son and husband died just five days apart has found love again.

Rhian Burke married Craig Mannings at a 'secret' wedding in Llanerch Vineyard , Vale of Glamorgan, on Saturday.

Rhian lost her son George and husband Paul just five days apart.

Six years ago Rhian's youngest son George, 1, collapsed suddenly and died .

It was later discovered that he was suffering bronchial pneumonia and a severe strain of type A influenza.

George’s dad Paul, unable to cope with the loss of his son, took his own life less than a week later.

The coroner recorded a verdict of accidental death for Paul due to his post traumatic stress disorder.

Rhian set up the bereavement charity 2 Wish Upon a Star.

The charity teams up with hospitals and police forces across Wales to provide support to suddenly bereaved families.

Now the 40-year-old has found someone who she says has finally made her excited about the future.

Craig and I decided to keep the wedding a secret with only immediate family knowing.

How the children kept it a secret I will never know.

We didn’t want fuss, we just wanted to bring our two families together ready to spend the rest of our lives as one.

Today is truly the start of forever.

By moving slowly forward it’s not about forgetting – it’s about winning the battle.

The dark days won’t go over night but if you have hope and the right people in your life you can face anything.

– Rhian Burke