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Tina Bessell

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Weʼre raising £50,000 to provide for Grace and Rory, in memory of their wonderful mummy Sammi McConnell, so their legal guardians can support their upbringing.

Lincoln, UK
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Pancreatic cancer has taken the life of Flt Lt (Rtd) Samantha McConnell - a wonderful strong and inspirational woman with 2 young children. She has faced many life difficulties and now her children, whom she chose to have alone, are deprived of their amazing role model.

Full of energy, zest for life and craziness, Sammi leaves a gaping hole in the world. Her RAF career as a linguist and Ops Spt (intelligence Officer) brought her into contact with many people and she made friends across the world. Please help us look after her children as we set up a Trust Fund to secure their financial future.

Sammi's words: "OK in typical blunt but practical terms. CT scan results. They are 90% certain I have primary pancreatic cancer, secondary liver. Palliative care really main practical option. No time or any option of surgery, chemo etc. Blood test also proved positive for pancreatic cancer another positive marker. Waiting for a multi disciplinary meeting to be held between medical specialists in Lincoln and Nottingham to work out what medical palliative care would provide most comfort. Not in any pain going to take any drugs available. The time span is quite quick. Life Expectancy from diagnosis of pancreatic cancer to death is 6-8weeks and I don't know what stage I am in as symptoms only appeared or I noticed on 2Aug! Shock to the system for everyone. Telling my little girl today that I am dying of cancer and will die soon but can't say when, has to be the most shittiest thing I have ever done in my life, and I thought reading eulogies for my nan, grandad, mum, dad and sister was!

This crowdfunding is to provide money for Rory and Grace's legal guardians to accommodate the unexpected addition to their family.

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  • Tina Bessell4 months ago
    Tina Bessell

    Tina Bessell

    4 months ago

    It is with great sadness that I have to inform you that Sammi McConnell lost her battle to pancreatic cancer. Sam leaves a legacy of love, kindness & fun, and two beautiful children who need all the love and support we can give in the years to come. The JustGiving page remains open. Donations will be put into a Trust Fund to help Grace and Rory's legal guardians take on their care for the next 20 years, worry free. Thank you for your support, past present & future. 7 April 1972 - 11 March 2019

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  • Tina Bessell7 months ago
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    Tina Bessell

    7 months ago

    Sorry for the lack of updates. Sammi and the kids, and the whole family have had a Wonderfull Christmas at Nutfield Priory thanks to an anonymous benefactor. The families spend precious time 'blending' and making special memories. Your support has been overwhelming. For now, Sammi is no better, no worse and the medical intervention in October has given her precious extra time. She sends her best wishes to everyone and thanks you for your positivity. Sending you al the best for 2019.

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  • Tina Bessell9 months ago
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    Tina Bessell

    9 months ago

    Sorry for the lack of updates - Sammi having surgery today to fit a liver stent - please send positive vibes, keep in your prayers, or just take a moment with loved ones xxx

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Page last updated on: 6/22/2019 19.57



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    Jun 22, 2019


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    May 5, 2019

    Sam was a lovely friend at school. Always such good fun. I have fond memories of our trip to Lake District. Lots of laughs. Love to her beautiful children. Lisa Gendall

  • Pat Hill

    Pat Hill

    Apr 30, 2019

    Giving support in memory of a friend of my daughter in law. Wishing Grace and Rory happy memories of their lovely Mum.


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    Apr 29, 2019


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    Apr 4, 2019

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    Mar 31, 2019

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    Mar 25, 2019

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Tina Bessell

Tina Bessell

Lincoln, UK

I had the immense privilege of working with Sammi in the RAF - she is such a bundle of energy and joy and this is such dreadful news - I hope her wider RAF 'family and friends' can step in and help at this difficult time now, and in the months and years to come.

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