Known for her beautiful smile, bubbly personality and infectious laugh, there is no doubt that Helen Turner will be greatly missed by all who met her.
But she leaves behind a legacy, not only in her daughter Harriet, but also in the gift she left to us.
Helen died at our Telford hospice in March, after being diagnosed with Lymphoma cancer six months earlier.
Although she had been living in Dubai for several years, her dream was to return to her roots in Shropshire and be close to her family.
During her last few months, she kept this at the forefront of her mind. And when she died, Harriet decided to do something for the charity which had so helped her mum.
Harriet said: “Mum loved life, pure and simple. She was smart, funny (often without even realising it!), and hugely determined, something that was very evident through her immensely brave battle over the last six months.”
Helen was diagnosed with cancer in October and was initially treated in Dubai. The family then brought her back to the UK and she was treated first in London before coming to us for end of life care.
Harriet added: “As a token of our appreciation, we would love to raise as much as possible for the great nurses, doctors and staff at the Severn Hospice.”
Harriet set up a JustGiving page and so far has raised more than £2,300.
Her beloved grandad died in March but because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Lauren Sheward and her family were unable to hold the large funeral they wanted.
But to honour her grandad David’s memory, Lauren launched a fundraising page asking people who were unable to attend to donate to us in his memory.
She said: “A lot of people asked about the funeral arrangements and flower donations. We asked if they would consider a donation (no matter how small).
“You provided invaluable support, care and love to not only my Grandad but our whole family right up until his final moments and for the coming days afterwards.
“A million thank yous wouldn’t be enough to show the gratitude we have as a whole family for your support.”