Julie Jones describes the day her best friend died as 'the worst day of my life'.
But she didn't have time to grieve.
The single mum-of-three had agreed to adopt Caroline Atkin's three boys and two girls who had been orphaned by the loss of both their parents within six months of each other.
Caroline was given 12 months to live when she was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour in April 2009.
Tragically, her husband, David, 44, died suddenly from a brain haemorrhage just nine months later in January 2010.
When an increasingly ill Caroline, 45, was left worrying about what would happen to her children when she too passed away, she asked Julie if she would care for her children - an agreement they dubbed their 'Plan B'.
Caroline passed away a few months later in June, and Julie kept to her word and took all five children into her home - putting the three boys in a tent in the garden until she could get her house re-organised and turning her dining room into an extra bedroom. more