Jake Quickenden broke down last night at a charity fundraiser as he spoke about losing his younger brother Oliver and father to bone cancer
Jungle star Jake Quickenden poured his heart out on how cancer has ripped his family apart in an emotional speech at a fundraising charity event on Thursday night.
Jake, 26, who was speaking at the Jog On To Cancer event, broke down on stage as he spoke about losing two of his precious family, his younger brother Oliver and father, to the form of bone cancer, osteosarcoma.
Heartbroken Jake broke down as he revealed his biggest regret was not being there when his father eventually lost his battle with the cruel disease.
‘My dad had been fighting for so long… we were all at his bedside but selfishly, I wanted to sleep in my own bed that night. An hour later I got a phone call to say dad had gone… and I have to live with that for the rest of my life.’
Jake‘s father died in 2008 surrounded by his family, sons Jake, Adam, Oliver and wife Lisa. Tragically, four years later, Oliver, just 19, died of the same cancer.
‘My brother turned to me and said “I can’t fight anymore mate,”‘ Jake revealed as he spoke about his little brother’s death, which happened just days after he flew back from his judges houses audition in Dubai for The X Factor in 2012.
Jake was one of the many stars who attended the Jog On To Cancer evening at London’s Kensington Roof Gardens. Guests included The Script, Mark Wright, Alesha Dixon, TOWIE stars James Argent, Lydia Bright, Ferne McCann, James Lock and Danielle Armstrong, Sinitta, and Marvin Humes.
The emotional night also marked Jake’s red carpet debut with girfriend Danielle Fogarty, 23. The besotted couple have been dating since Jake came out of the I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here jungle. Recently, he confessed: ‘I didn’t go to Australia looking for a girlfriend. We only spent a little bit of time together at the after party,’ he added. ‘But of course she’s a beautiful girl and I’m only human so I was attracted to her.
‘We had a bit of a dance and we got back in touch when we came back to the UK. And now here we are, boyfriend and girlfriend. It’s amazing!’