Birthday bou­quet is a boost for Fiona

Flow­ers cheer cou­ple af­ter fam­ily be­reave­ments

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - News - Ju­dith Ton­ner

Birthday girl Fiona Conve r y and her hus­band Michael are this week’s re­cip­i­ents of the beau­ti­ful Say It With Flow­ers bou­quet in the Ad­ver­tiser’s hugely popular new fea­ture.

The Glen­boig cou­ple were nom­i­nated by daugh­ter Ch­eryl to show the fam­ily’s love and sup­port af­ter they sadly suf­fered two be­reave­ments in the past month.

We sur­prised them with a beau­ti­ful ar­range­ment of flow­ers kindly pro­vided by Mr Michael’s florist on Main Street in Coat­bridge.

Michael’s fa­ther, Alex, passed away ear­lier this month; and just two weeks ear­lier, Fiona’s beloved brother-in-law, Roddy McLeod, died aged 86.

Roddy was the hus­band of Fiona’s much-loved older sis­ter, Flora. The cou­ple had looked af­ter her when the sis­ters’ mum died when Fiona was just 16 – and Flora then sadly passed away on Fiona’s birthday five years ago.

Kind-hearted Ch­eryl told the Ad­ver­tiser: “It’s been a hard time for both of them and these flow­ers will cheer them up.

“My grandad was only di­ag­nosed with vas­cu­lar de­men­tia in Au­gust, so he didn’t get very long at all; we’d all thought he would be here for Christ­mas.

“He passed away just two weeks af­ter my mum’s broth­erin­law, who was like a fa­ther fig­ure – we saw him and Flora like grand­par­ents and my daugh­ter and nephew called them gran and grand­dad.

“My mum and Flora were very close and had a real sis­terly bond; Flora died on my mum’s birthday in 2013 so there’s al­ways a sad­ness too as it’s her sis­ter’s an­niver­sary.

“It’s her birthday to­day and my dad’s in a cou­ple of weeks, and I wanted to nom­i­nate them as they’ve been through a lot and to cheer them up, es­pe­cially be­fore Christ­mas.”

Fiona was pre­sented with the cou­ple’s flow­ers on the poignant oc­ca­sion of her birthday by daugh­ter Michelle.

The cou­ple have three daugh­ters – Ch­eryl, Michelle and Kirsty – along with grand­chil­dren Michael, 10 and Kaci, six, and a new ad­di­tion to the fam­ily ar­riv­ing in the new year.

Ch­eryl added: “My par­ents are bril­liant and do so much for us, help­ing to look af­ter the kids; they’re the best mum and dad you could ask for.”

Nom­i­na­tions have been flood­ing in as Ad­ver­tiser read­ers share sto­ries of their rel­a­tives, friends, col­leagues and com­mu­nity cham­pi­ons who de­serve the weekly flo­ral treat – kindly pro­vided by Elite Flow­ers in Air­drie and Mr Michael’s in Coat­bridge.

Each week, we will be fea­tur­ing one lucky re­cip­i­ent, telling their de­serv­ing story and cap­tur­ing on cam­era the mo­ment when they are sur­prised with their beau­ti­ful bou­quet.

To put for­ward your spe­cial some­one, send in your name, day­time phone num­ber, ad­dress, the name of the per­son you wish to nom­i­nate and in­for­ma­tion about why you think they de­serve to re­ceive the bou­quet of the week. De­tails can be emailed to [email protected] air drie and coat bridge ad­ver­tiser. co. uk or posted to Say It With Flow­ers com­pe­ti­tion, Air­drie and Coat­bridge Ad­ver­tiser, One Cen­tral Quay, Glas­gow G3 8DA.

Birthday treat Fiona ac­cepts her and hus­band Michael’s flow­ers from daugh­ter Ch­eryl

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