Last good­bye

Dy­ing from can­cer, Ian used the pre­cious time he had left to record mes­sages for his loved ones…

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Aged just 56, Ian Ed­munds died from ad­vanced prostate can­cer in June 2016 – but not be­fore he’d planned amaz­ing sur­prises and recorded mes­sages for his friends and fam­ily.

Keen to bring hap­pi­ness and com­fort to his wife, brother, cousin and two close friends, Ian set about cre­at­ing last­ing mem­o­ries of their time to­gether.

‘I’ve been so lucky to have these peo­ple in my life,’ says Ian from Wolver­hamp­ton, who was filmed be­fore his death for a four-part se­ries that also fea­tures three other peo­ple fac­ing ter­mi­nal ill­ness. ‘I want to leave a legacy so they know how im­por­tant they’ve been.’

Ian’s loved ones fi­nally get to see the re­sults of his emo­tional mes­sages.

His cousin and best friend, Gary, re­turns to the venue in Wolver­hamp­ton where he and Ian first saw Slade in 1973. Af­ter hear­ing Ian’s mes­sage, life­long Slade fan Gary then gets to meet Noddy Holder – as or­gan­ised by Ian.

‘Ian con­trib­uted such a lot to my life – he was a very good friend,’ says Gary. ‘And to get to meet Noddy… ab­so­lute dream.’

Ian’s brother, Neil, is also heart­ened to hear a mes­sage from Ian mak­ing amends for drift­ing apart.

But the most heart-wrench­ing mes­sage is saved for Ian’s griev­ing wife, Chris­tine.

In it, Ian thanks her for the 22 years they spent to­gether and urges her to be happy be­fore Chris­tine is sur­prised by a spe­cial event. ‘It just re­minds me of how much he loved and cared for me,’ says Chris­tine. ‘I’ll al­ways think of him and he’ll al­ways be a part of me.’

Mem­o­ries… Ian sur­prised wife Chris­tine with a spe­cial event

Ian’s cousin, Gary, met his idol

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