“Mum was an amazing woman. We miss her every day”
“It was May 2016 and my mum, Shirley, had been going back and forth to the doctors. We were told she had inoperable cancer. ‘There’s nothing they can do,’ she said. ‘I want to spend the time I have left with my family.’ We promised her we’d be there to hold her hand through it. She was amazing – so strong and courageous.
“Eventually, Mum decided she wanted to go into the hospice. The relief she felt when she was admitted was amazing. I remember her settling down and just saying: ‘This is what I wanted.’ The nurses would hold Mum’s hand and talk to her like a human being. We could go and see her whenever we wanted – that meant a lot.
“The morning Mum died, we were there. My brother and his wife had popped out and when they got back, we let her know. And she just slipped away. It was like she’d been waiting. A nurse said: ‘You’re such a strong family. I can see the love you have for each other.’
“To give something back, Sarah and I now volunteer every year as collectors for the Great Daffodil Appeal. It’s a lovely way to remember our mum.” Sian, volunteer collector