The co-founder of Crafted Jewellery in Kings Langley has sadly passed away after contracting coronavirus.
Kelly Dunning, 48, from Croxley Green, died at Watford General Hospital on Saturday March 28 after he was diagnosed with Covid-19 just over a week before.
Despite not being in the high risk age bracket, and having no underlying health conditions, local paper, the Watford Observer, says the virus took over his body in just 12 days.
Dunning was rushed to hospital by his wife – who showed minor symptoms and later recovered – when he started to struggle breathing. From there, he was taken into the intensive care unit but died days later.
Tributes have been flooding in for the jeweller described as having a “heart of gold” by the local community, which is now in morning for the loss of a much-loved business owner.
Following his father’s footsteps who took an apprenticeship in jewellery, Kelly Dunning co-opened family-run Crafted Jewellery in Kings Langley over a year and half ago.
His warm personality helped him built a rapport with the community and he quickly gained the trust of customers to handle their precious jewellery and belongings.
Flowers have been left in front of the store in honour of the jeweller.
Dunning leaves behind two teenage daughters, one aged 12 and the other 18, and his his wife Mandy.
Friends of the jeweller have raised over £20,000 on a JustGiving page to support the family.