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Tributes to ‘hero’ nurse and devoted dad who died after being hit by car

Donations have flooded in for the family of a kind-hearted nurse who died after being hit by a car near the hospital he worked

Wilbert Catalanllobrera was struck by a Vauxhall Astra just outside Wrexham Maelor Hospital last Thursday (October 23) just before 8.30pm.

Emergency services desperately tried to save the life of the 46 year-old father-of-one who was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after the incident.

A man has since appeared in court charged with several offences relating to the incident, the Daily Post reports.

Following the news of Mr Catalanllobrera's tragic death, a memorial fund was set up to support his devastated family on the GoFundMe website.

In the space of just a few days, hundreds of people have donated to the online fundraiser with well over £14,000 raised in memory of the devoted family man at the time of publication.

Elinor Smith, one of the organisers of the fundraiser, paid a moving tribute to Mr Catalanllobrera on the page.

She said: “Our kind and caring Wilbert sadly passed away.

“He was a devoted husband and proud dad to his daughter, who has been left devastated by his passing.

“During these already difficult times with the family’s permission, I have set up this go fund me page to help the family. This money will be given to the family to use in whichever way they feel they would like to use it.

“Wilbert was always full of life and so caring to his family, friends, colleagues and patients. He will be sadly missed by all.”

Alongside donations, friends have also posted emotional tributes to "marvellous" Mr Catalanllobrera.

One wrote: “Such a tragic and sad loss of a wonderful colleague. Wilbert was excellent in theatre. My deepest condolences to his wife, daughter and the Maelor family.”

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Another colleague wrote: “Will was a much-loved part of our theatre family, he was always kind, caring and nothing was too much trouble. Sending all my love to his beloved family and friends. We will miss him and his lovely smile”

One moving message read: “RIP Wilbert, one of our own passed too soon. My sincere condolences to your family and friends. The wonderful impact and the difference you made through being a marvellous gentleman and nurse will be remembered with love and fondness."

A 32 year-old man from the Wrexham area has been charged following the incident relating to Mr Catalanllobrera's death.

He appeared in court on Saturday to answer charges of causing death by dangerous driving, causing death whilst uninsured, causing death whilst disqualified and driving whilst over the prescribed limit.

He is due back in court at a later date.

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