Declan Donnelly ‘rushes to his very unwell’ brother Dermat after he is hospitalized with a mystery illness

Declan Donnelly rushed to his brother Dermat’s assistant, who is being treated at North Durham Hospital for a mysterious illness.

The star’s younger brother – a Roman Catholic priest – is “very unwell” and was hospitalized after the “sudden” incident.

Dermot, 55, is described as “seriously ill” and his faithful are gathering to pray for him.

Out of the blue: Declan Donnelly rushes to help his brother Dermat, who is in hospital with a mysterious illness

A statement from the Catholic parishes of Stanley, Dipton & Byermoor said: “Please pray for Father Dermat who is very unwell in hospital.

“Tomorrow evening from 6 to 7 p.m. there will be a time before the Blessed Sacrament so that we can gather as a community at St. Joseph’s Church to pray for Father Dermat’s well-being.

“Please be respectful to Father Dermat and his family at this difficult time, we will let you know when we have the latest information verified by the Diocese.”

Tragic: The star's younger brother - a Roman Catholic priest - is 'very unwell' and hospitalized after 'sudden' incident

Tragic: The star’s younger brother – a Roman Catholic priest – is ‘very unwell’ and hospitalized after ‘sudden’ incident

The source said The sun: “Dec came with other family members. There are about 12 of them in the hospital.

“It was very sudden and everyone is just praying that he pulls through.”

Dec, who is eight years younger than his older brother, has previously talked about his close relationship with his brother.

Dermot was the one who officiated Dec’s wedding to Ali Astall in August 2015 at St Michael’s Church in Elswick, where he had been priest since 1992.

Dec is one of seven children and grew up on the Cruddos Park estate in Newcastle with three brothers – Martin, Eamon and Dermat – and three sisters – Camelia, Patricia and Moira.

Support: Dermat, 55, described as

Support: Dermot, 55, described as ‘seriously ill’ and his parishioners gather to pray for him

During his time as a priest, Dermot created a youth outreach program aimed at introducing disadvantaged young people to the Catholic Church.

He started as a priest in Chester-le-Street, until two years later the Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle asked him to set up the programme.

He turned the Youth Ministry Team into a thriving business and a few years later, in 2010, with the help of Ant and Dec, he founded the Global Youth Village Center in a former holiday camp in County Durham.

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