A Kings Langley resident is helping to change the way COVID-19 is perceived amongst the community after the unfortunate passing of his mother last April.
After losing his mum, Ramila Smyth, to complications with COVID-19 last year surrounding complications from her heart condition Chris decided he wanted to move away from the statistics and emphasis that families across the country have lost their loved ones.
Since Chris has appeared on TV programmes such as BBC Question Time and ITV’s Good Morning Britain to share his story.
He said: “I think what’s happening with COVID is it’s just too much about the figures and it’s wrong for it to be that way.
“On Question Time my question was something like ‘the government has now called a third lockdown, how many lives had to be lost before the government called this one’,
“Because my attitude was why did we have Christmas. How many thousands of people lost their lives because of the decision that we could have Christmas.”
Chris has also taken part in the Yellow Hearts Campaign started by Hannah Gompertz and involves displaying a yellow heart in your window to remember a loved one.
He said: “The yellow hearts is a really good thing and it seems to have really spread. It’s just putting the message put there that they aren’t just people lost to COVID, they are loved ones and they are human beings as such.”
After his mother’s passing the family raised £2,000 for the British Heart Foundation and Chris added that his working to share her story as part of the charity’s heart stories.
He said: “We felt this was so important because mum always talked her heart and how damaged it was.
“But she was still always smiling, always.”