Dy­ing mother’s final wish plea

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By DAWN FEL­LOWES dawn.fel­lowes@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk @Et­dawn­fel­lowes

THE fam­ily of a ter­mi­nally ill mother are try­ing to make her last wish come true.

An­gela Wheeler (48), of Salix Road, Hamp­ton Har­gate, Peter­bor­ough, who is bat­tling ovar­ian can­cer has been told by doc­tors that she has 18 months left to live.

The for­mer city pub land­lady, who has worked at The Swiss Cot­tage, The Sap­phire Club, The Blue Peter, Molins Sports and So­cial Club, The Round­head and The Good Barns Yard over a 28-year ca­reer, was first di­ag­nosed with can­cer in De­cem­ber 2010 and was orig­i­nally given a good chance of sur­vival.

By Au­gust 2011 she had fought it and the can­cer had gone into re­mis­sion. How­ever in Fe­bru­ary she was given the news that the can­cer had re­turned two-fold and there was noth­ing doc­tors could do but use chemo­ther­apy to pro­long her life.

She has said that her final wish is to go away on hol­i­day with five of her chil­dren, Ter­ryson Matthews, Lirene Matthews (24), Bob Loveridge (13), Sunny Loveridge (10) and Rosie Loveridge (9), to make and cap­ture happy mem­o­ries be­fore she be­comes too ill.

To ful­fil her wish, her daugh­ter Lirene is work­ing tire­lessly to or­gan­ise fundrais­ing events to pay for the hol­i­day, the first of which is tak­ing place to­day.

An­gela said: “The first thing you think of is ‘my kids’. It is dev­as­tat­ing. I can’t put it into words.

“I’m just try­ing to get ev­ery­thing sorted and there is so much to do to make sure my chil­dren will be al­right af­ter I go.

“There are so many things you want to do be­fore you go but can’t do. I want us to have a happy hol­i­day which will be some­thing for the kids to re­mem­ber. It is my final wish.”

The fundrais­ing events are be­ing or­gan­ised by Lirene Matthews with the help of Op­por­tu­nity Events Peter­bor­ough.

Lirene said: “It is re­ally tough. I thought what can I do to help?

“I started by look­ing for treat­ments abroad but there is noth­ing for her and un­for­tu­nately we have to grin and bear the fact that it is go­ing to hap­pen and we need to make the most of it while she’s still here.

“I sat down with mum and ex­plained I per­son­ally can’t save her, the treat­ments are not right for her, is there any­thing I could do for her?

“She said she would like to get some time away with the kids that is her last wish. The idea is to make mem­o­ries, some­thing we can hang on to for­ever. It is a hol­i­day, just any hol­i­day, some time away from home and the re­al­ity of it all.”

A fundrais­ing fun day takes place at the East Com­mu­nity Com­plex, in Pad­holme Road, to­day from 11am to 5pm. En­try is free and there will be stalls, games and a raf­fle to en­joy.

A pam­per evening, with man­i­cures and fish pedi­cures among the things on of­fer, will be held at St Mary’s Church, in New Road, from 6pm to 9.30pm on May 11. En­try is £2.50 in ad­vance or £3 on the door. To book tick­ets call 07784 050069.

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