A man from Cornwall is urging people to take coronavirus seriously after his father lost his life to the disease.

Phil Champion died at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Treliske after testing positive for Covid-19.

His son Tom has since spoken out to pay tribute, but also warn others about the potentially fatal consequences of ignoring the latest advice from the Government.

Phil and his wife Viv. Credit: Cornwall Live

My dad had been in Treliske hospital for over ten days and although the doctors and nurses did everything they could, going well above and beyond the call of duty, he unfortunately succumbed to the effects of COVID-19 and passed away last Saturday.

Tom, urging people to follow the advice

Mr Champion was much-loved in the St Austell and Fowey area.

The 68-year-old was a keen Morris dancer, and Tom said he was “very active” for someone of his age.

Phil was a keen Morris dancer. Credit: Cornwall Live

He danced with Trigg Morris men for around 30 years, had been a fireman, leader at Polkerris Cub Scouts and many other things all based around the community of Fowey and Tywardreath. He made a big impression on almost everyone he met and was loved by many. Everyone is struggling with the movement restrictions but I believe most people can understand now the importance of sticking to it.

Tom on his father’s love of dancing and active lifestyle

In a poignant post on their website, Trigg Morris also paid tribute to Phil, describing him as a “firm friend” and “well-respected dancer”.

The group said: "It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Phil Champion after a long fight with the COVID-19 virus.

“Phil was a well-respected dancer with Tywardreath Morris and Trigg and our squire 2017-18. Phil's career with Trigg will long be remembered with great affection, and all our thoughts are with Viv and the family at this very sad time."

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