HE MADE her final dream come true – and today TV star Peter Andre speaks about the ‘beautiful and courageous’ Nadine Blake.
As reported in The News, Nadine, 18, had suffered from cystic fibrosis.
She died in March this year, after suffering from complications from the lung disease, but not before fulfilling her last wish – to meet Peter Andre.
All week Peter has been filming in Queen Alexandra Hospital, in Cosham, for ITV1’s This Morning.
He got behind-the-scenes access to the hospital to celebrate the NHS’s 65th birthday.
The News spoke to Peter, who paid tribute to Nadine, of Calshot Road in Warren Park.
He said: ‘The family have been through so much, to lose a child like that.
‘Nadine was so beautiful and pretty, she could have been a model.
‘What I found so courageous about her was, she knew the inevitable was going to happen, but she still carried on.’
Nadine, who was a fan of the 40-year-old musician, met him at a concert in Brighton.
They comforted each other as Peter had recently lost his older brother to cancer.
‘Nadine came to the meet and greet session after the concert, and she told me her story,’ said Peter.
‘It hit me really hard, and I knew what her family were going through.
‘I speak to the family from time to time, and they know they can speak to me whenever they want.
‘Her parents are brave, and I hope they get comfort and support in all they do.’
Nadine’s parents Carl and Becky have been fundraising for the adult cystic ﬁbrosis ward at Southampton General Hospital – raising thousands of pounds.
Carl, 43, said: ‘It’s really special for us to know how much Peter supported her.
‘Before she passed away, she was supposed to visit him at his house, but it didn’t happen.
‘He did stay in touch with her and it means a lot.’
Today, Peter is in The Perfume Shop, in Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth, to launch two new perfumes.
Carl added: ‘I will be going down to Gunwharf Quays today, with my two younger daughters, with pink wristbands.
‘They have Nadine’s name on them, and the CF logo.’