Family’s plea after tragic death of father to unborn babies

A Pomona woman is hoping the Sunshine Coast community will open their hearts to support one of her young family members whose world has been torn apart by the tragic death of her 32-year-old husband in Brisbane.

Leanne Airey said her cousin's daughter Ashleigh Conwell, 29, is expecting triplets to 32-year-old Matt who was struck and killed by a 4WD in Carina on September 2.

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"The babies should be born before Christmas, this is just a sudden tragic thing that's happened for the family," Ms Airey said.

"I know Ashleigh, she's a beautiful girl.

"She has texted me and said every piece of generosity she's receiving and the messages are like sticky tape that's putting her back together."

Matt was a highly respected cricket coach of up and coming Queensland cricketers, however the couple have both struggled with employment since the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

Father of unborn triplets Matt Conwell has been tragically killed.
Father of unborn triplets Matt Conwell has been tragically killed.

A GoFundMe page set up by Ashleigh's good friend Alexandra Nesevski has already raised more than $173,000 towards a goal of $200,000 to help the young mum support her babies.

"The pregnancy, delivery and care of triplets is challenging for any couple," Ms Nesevski said.

"This has now been made so much more difficult for Ashleigh with the loss of her beloved soulmate, who was so looking forward to meeting his babies.

"They were already stretching every dollar and budgeting tightly for the arrival of their unexpected but so very wanted 'instant' family," she said.

Ms Airey said the couple was "very, very excited" about having the babies.

They pledged their love for each other, soulmates Matt and Ashleigh Conwell.
They pledged their love for each other, soulmates Matt and Ashleigh Conwell.

"And now this has happened. With everything that's going on there's a lot of people that need a lot of support all over the place, but even if someone put in a dollar," Ms Airey said.

"It all means something to Ashleigh. I know there's a lot of money that's gone in so far, which is absolutely fantastic, but I guess the journey that's she's going to be travelling is a really tough one," Ms Airey said.

She said the whole family would like to thank all those for their incredible support.

The GoFundMe page is available here

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