‘I burst into tears, I’d thought about her all the time...’

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By CHAR­LOTTE DOB­SON char­lotte.dob­[email protected]­plc.com @dob­sonMEN

A MOTHER and daugh­ter sep­a­rated al­most 40 years ago were re­united in time for Christ­mas.

Sue Davies, 58, was forced to give up her baby daugh­ter, Vicky, in dif­fi­cult cir­cum­stances in 1980.

Sue, 19 at the time, al­ready had a one-year-old son and feared she’d lose both chil­dren if she didn’t give Vicky up.

She’d been threat­ened with be­ing kicked out of her Stock­port home by her ‘strict and dom­i­neer­ing’ step­fa­ther, who has since died, if she kept the baby.

So, af­ter giv­ing birth in July, 1980, Sue made the heart­break­ing de­ci­sion to give up Vicky, who was just six-weeks-old at the time.

Sue, from Chea­dle, al­ways hoped she would one day be re­united with her daugh­ter, but pre­vi­ous at­tempts to find her had been un­suc­cess­ful.

She feared the worst, wor­ry­ing that Vicky had died or had moved far away.

But on De­cem­ber 8, Sue re­ceived a mes­sage out of the blue on Face­book say­ing that her daugh­ter wanted to make con­tact.

“I burst into tears,” Sue said.

“I never stopped lov­ing her. I thought about her all the time. Ev­ery birth­day, ev­ery Christ­mas. I had tried to find her be­fore but I’d never man­aged to get any­where.

“And then I got this mes­sage.” It turned out that Sue’s daugh­ter, Vicky Black­wood, had been adopted by a fam­ily in Buxton, where she still lives with her own fam­ily. Raised as an only child, Vicky Black­wood, 39, found out she was adopted at the age of 12 and had felt ‘a void’ for many years. Now a mu­mof-two, she had searched for her bi­o­log­i­cal fam­ily on

Sue Davies and off since she was 18. It was only by get­ting hold of her adop­tion file and seek­ing the as­sis­tance of the ‘Find My Fam­ily UK’ Face­book page that Vicky man­aged to track her mum and brother, Ste­wart, down.

“I was fear­ful that they might not want any­thing to do with me,” Vicky said.

“Even if I ended up heart­bro­ken at the end of it, I still wanted to at least try. I’d won­dered for so many years what they were like and where they were from. And all that time they were only down the road in Stock­port.”

Vicky, Sue and Ste­wart made con­tact and agreed to meet later that day.

“It was weird”, Vicky said. “When I saw Ste­wart in the car park, we recog­nised each other straight away. As a lit­tle girl I’d dreamed of hav­ing an older brother and now my dream has come true.”

Sue, who lives in Chea­dle with her hus­band of eight years, Ray, de­scribes find­ing her daugh­ter – and gain­ing two more grandaugh­ters – as ‘the best Christ­mas present ever.’

“In some ways it’s sur­real,” said Sue.

“My son Ste­wart is over the moon and I am too. It’s been won­der­ful.”

Sue Davies, right, with daugh­ter Vicky and Vicky’s brother, Ste­wart

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