Weʼre raising £8,000 to help our friend travel to the place where she and her late husband were married to scatter his ashes
- Walton-on-Thames, UK
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Its been an awful three years for my good friend Lou. She lost her mum suddenly and unexpectedly in May 2015 and a couple of weeks later her husband was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour.
Throughout his operation and subsequent treatments she showed outstanding strength and courage and gave him 100% unwavering support and care. In 2017 his condition rapidly deteriorated, with numerous hospital stays for pneumonia, blood clots on the lung, sepsis (given 24hours to live) and seizures. Lou put furniture into storage to enable a hospital bed and equipment to be put in their lounge, so Paul could be cared for at home. She went on sabbatical with her job in order to care for him, which she did brilliantly, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with very little outside assistance.
Sadly, Paul lost his fight on 30th November 2017. He was 49 years old. Lou was again at his side.
Lou is an amazing person, she has spent most of her life caring for others. She worked as a nurse and now is an assistant Podiatrist, again caring for people (and their feet!) in the community where she is well-loved amongst her patients and families alike. She has looked after and looked out for all her friends, helped us when we've had relationship woes, illness, financial hiccups and even baked cakes for our kids' school fairs (we are all rubbish bakers- she is brilliant!) and all this with a smile that lights up a room.
She helps the elderly with footcare in the local village and cleans the homes of two of her friends. On top of this she is a brilliant mum to two grown-up children, and a fabulous grandma to a nine month old grandaughter, who she adores.
Lou and Paul were married in 2009 in Mauritius, a place they wanted to return to to celebrate their sixth wedding anniversary, Pauls diagnosis and treatment meant this had to be cancelled. They never went back together again.
Paul requested that some of his ashes be taken back there by Lou, to scatter in the place they both loved. Unfortunately, circumstances mean Lou cannot afford to do this alone. She needs help. Myself and her friends, feel she deserves to be helped. After all, she has spent her life helping and supporting all of us, and, perhaps most importantly, helped and supported Paul throughout the most difficult and hardest time of their lives.
Please, help our friend say one last goodbye to the man she loved so much, and who was taken away far too soon.
Thank you x
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