Shelley's tribute to soul mate
PUBLISHED: 02:44 07 December 2006 | UPDATED: 10:18 24 May 2010
A MOTHER-of-three from Worle has paid tribute to her loving fiance who died after taking a lethal dose of heroin. Andrew Collins, aged 32, died in the toilets in Grove Park, Weston, in April. He had moved from Birmingham to a rehabilitation centre in West
A MOTHER-of-three from Worle has paid tribute to her loving fiance who died after taking a lethal dose of heroin.Andrew Collins, aged 32, died in the toilets in Grove Park, Weston, in April. He had moved from Birmingham to a rehabilitation centre in Weston seven years ago to beat his alcohol addiction.After overcoming his habit he began to make a life for himself in the town and started an access to education course at Weston College.It was there he met his 'soul mate' Shelley Robbins in March 2004. After college, Andrew began commuting to Bath University to study social policy but when Shelley, who has two children from a previous relationship, fell pregnant with their first child Andrew began working for a counselling service to help former addicts get over their addictions.Shelley said: "He wanted to provide for us. He also wanted to help other addicts and he loved his job. But after a few months he came out of it because it got too much for him and he went back into painting and decorating."At the beginning of 2006 Andrew relapsed and began drinking again and taking heroin. He moved out of the family home and went to stay with Shelley's mum so his children would not see him suffering.Shelley said: "He tried so hard to give up. He said if he could cut off his arm to be normal he would. Andrew took himself away from the house for a few days to protect me and the children."On April 29 Andrew was sadly found dead in Grove Park toilets after accidentally injecting himself with too much heroin. Shelley said: "I miss everything about him. He was more than just a drug addict, he was a family man. He took on both my children like his own and his main goal was to become a father himself."We nicknamed our daughter 'the peach' because she's so perfect. I tell her she's the precious gift her daddy gave me before he went away. He had such a bond with his daughter from the word go. "He did have his problems but there was more to him. He was funny, loving and kind. I wouldn't have changed anything about him. He was my soul mate."Shelley got a tattoo in memory of her fiance after he died and is now hoping to work with the families of drug addicts after completing her counselling course.Shelley's parents were also very close to Andrew and paid tribute to the loveable character. Her mother, Mo Trego, said: "When Andrew came into Shelley's life, it was very easy to accept him into the family. He had a great personality and a wicked sense of humour, we couldn't help but like him and then love him."Our time with Andrew was much too short, but he made a lasting impact on us and has left us with many great memories.