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Widower of mother-of-two killed by cyclist wins new fans

The widower of a mother-of-two killed by a teenage cyclist on an illegal bike has won fans with moving tweets about his late wife and life as a single dad to their two children.

Matt Briggs has written about his 'ups and downs' since Kim Briggs' death on Old Street in London almost two years ago and describes how grief can suddenly 'smack you on the a***'.

Reflecting on his second Christmas without her he tweeted on New Year's Eve: 'For anyone taking their first steps on the long path of grief, I can tell you with great relief that nothing is as bad as your first Christmas without your loved one. It gets better, never the same, but it does get easier. #singledad'.

The father-of-two is campaigning for a new death by dangerous cycling law after Mrs Briggs, 44, was run down and killed by Charlie Alliston as she crossed the road during her lunch break on February 12 2016.

Alliston was riding an illegal 'fixie' bike with no front brakes and would later try to pin the blame on his victim before his conviction using 156-year-old horse and cart legislation. 

Matt is also using the @KimBriggsCampaign page about being a single dad to Isaac, 14 and Emily, 12, with a series of often moving and sometimes hilarious messages about their life together.

Matt Briggs has written about the 'ups and downs' of life and how grief 'sometimes smacks you on the a***' since Kim's death on Old Street two years ago

Matt Briggs has written about the 'ups and downs' of life and how grief 'sometimes smacks you on the a***' since Kim's death on Old Street two years ago

Matt Briggs has written about the 'ups and downs' of life and how grief 'sometimes smacks you on the a***' since Kim's death on Old Street two years ago

The widower from South London has won fans with moving tweets about his late wife and life as a single dad to their two children

The widower from South London has won fans with moving tweets about his late wife and life as a single dad to their two children

Mr Briggs told MailOnline: 'There is only so much cycling stuff I can tweet about and so I want to also share stories about how the kids are thriving and how we are trying to build a new normal after such a dreadful tragedy.

Alliston was riding an illegal 'fixie' bike with no front brakes and would later try to pin the blame on his victim before his conviction using 156-year-old horse and cart legislation

Alliston was riding an illegal 'fixie' bike with no front brakes and would later try to pin the blame on his victim before his conviction using 156-year-old horse and cart legislation

'My life and the kids' life is about so much more as we journey through this. People were really kind about the few mentions of our personal life that I made over the summer and some very kind people said that found it uplifting - so I’m just keen to share a few of life’s ups and downs with people because my kids are funny and doing well'.

Using the hashtag #singledad he describes looking after the children, getting to grips with domestics and taking on jobs that Kim did for the family including getting ready for Christmas.

The couple would have celebrated their 20th anniversary this year. 

He told followers: 'Temptation as a widowed single parent is to try & make Christmas perfect for everyone. It’s mentally exhausting, not expected by those that love you & not possible. #widowed #singledad #bereaved'.

In another recent tweet he said: 'Decorations all done. Kim loved Christmas & we were all quite quiet at certain moments as we each remembered her. But this year was easier than last year and I think that’s a good thing. Hold

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