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Sister brings a cardboard cutout of her brother to a festival after he died in a car accident

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A woman whose younger brother was killed in a car accident has taken a cardboard cutout of him to a festival he was due to attend.

Ashleigh Rogers, 26, a childminder from Swansea, Wales, lost her brother Ben Rogers, 19, in a fatal car accident in May – but decided she wanted to go to the festival he’d booked with friends in his honour.

Ashleigh had the cardboard cutout with her and couldn’t believe how much positive response she got from people who wanted to have their picture taken with Ben, and how much people loved what she’d done.

Ashleigh revealed that Ben’s cutout also received a lot of female attention, with the cutout covered in lipstick from the large amount of kisses it received towards the end of the Escape Festival in her hometown.

Ashleigh Rogers (pictured right), 26, a childminder, from Swansea, Wales, lost her brother Ben Rogers, 19, in a fatal car accident in May – but decided she wanted to go to the festival he’d booked with friends in his honour

Ashleigh and Ben in the picture together before his death

Ashleigh took the cardboard cutout (pictured right), and couldn't believe the huge positive response she got from people who wanted to have their picture taken with Ben, and how people loved what she'd done

Ashleigh took the cardboard cutout (pictured right), and couldn’t believe the huge positive response she got from people who wanted to have their picture taken with Ben, and how many people loved what she’d done. Pictured left, Ashleigh and Ben pictured together before his death

Ashleigh explains: ‘When I was at the festival I was stopped so many times by people asking me what it was and asking me to take pictures.

‘I don’t know where the idea came from? I had planned to sell Ben’s ticket as he went with his best friend, but I decided to go in his honor and experience it on his behalf as he never got the chance.

‘Then I thought, if I go, he’s coming! It was the first festival he would have gone to, and he just had to go.

“I was a little embarrassed walking around with it because I could hear people say, ‘OMG, it’s Ben,’ but I’m comfortable talking about it, and seeing his friends was fine. ‘

Ashleigh revealed that Ben's cutout (center of photo) also received a lot of female attention, with the cutout covered in lipstick from the large amount of kisses it received towards the end of the Escape festival in her hometown

Ashleigh revealed that Ben’s cutout (center of photo) also received a lot of female attention, with the cutout covered in lipstick from the large amount of kisses it received towards the end of the Escape festival in her hometown

Ashleigh (pictured right) explains:

Ashleigh (pictured right) explains: “When I was at the festival, I was stopped so many times by people asking me what it was and asking me to take pictures.”

Ashleigh said, 'I don't know where the idea came from?  I intended to sell Ben's ticket while he went with his best friend, but I decided to go in his honor and experience it on his behalf as he never got the chance'.  Pictured, the cutout of Ben

The cutout of Ben, in the photo

Ashleigh said, ‘I don’t know where the idea came from? I intended to sell Ben’s ticket while he went with his best friend, but I decided to go in his honor and experience it on his behalf as he never got the chance’. Pictured, the cutout of Ben

She continued: ‘Ben was a very outgoing person, he loved going out and was very talkative.

“I didn’t know he had that many friends, but a lot of people came up to me and wanted pictures, it was like I was famous. Everyone knew him and it made me quite emotional – it made me cry.

“The amount of people who wanted to talk to me about him, it’s like he was there.”

Ashleigh kept the cut a secret from Ben’s best friend, Sam Esqualant, 19, explaining: ‘But when he saw it, he couldn’t believe it. He immediately had a photo with it.’

Ashleigh (pictured right) said: 'Ben was a very outgoing person, he loved going out and was very talkative.

Ashleigh (pictured right) said: ‘Ben was a very outgoing person, he loved going out and was very talkative.

Ashleigh kept the cut a secret from Ben's best friend, Sam Esqualant, 19, explaining: 'But when he saw it, he couldn't believe it.  He immediately had a photo with it.'

Ashleigh kept the cut a secret from Ben's best friend, Sam Esqualant, 19, explaining: 'But when he saw it, he couldn't believe it.  He immediately had a photo with it.'

Ashleigh kept the cut a secret from Ben’s best friend, Sam Esqualant, 19, explaining: ‘But when he saw it, he couldn’t believe it. He immediately had a photo with it.’

Ashleigh found an online company that mailed the cutout (pictured right) the day after she ordered it, and now keeps it in her house, as if Ben is still there

Ashleigh found an online company that mailed the cutout (pictured right) the day after she ordered it, and now keeps it in her house, as if Ben is still there

She found an online company that mailed the cutout the day after she ordered it, and now keeps it in her house, as if Ben is still there.

She said, ‘I talk to him at home as if he were with me. It’s just my way of dealing with it. I still text him too and talk to him like he’s here.

“I sent a video to my parents when it first came in, saying that I had a visitor. My dad was very emotional about it and my mom said it was great.

“I just can’t believe how well people are taking it. I’ve had a few comments on my TikTok video saying it was disrespectful, but I did it to let him experience.”

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