Family’s appeal for terminally-ill mum

Christine Wilson with daughter Hayley Griffin
Christine Wilson with daughter Hayley Griffin
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The family of a terminally ill woman are raising money to bring comfort to the mother-of-three’s final days.

Christine Wilson, 56, had been battling bowel cancer for six years when a catastrophic stroke left her unable to walk.

She has always been there for me and my two brothers and always worked hard to make sure we had everything we wanted

Now her family are appealing for money to pay for a medical lift and a wet room to be installed in their Westmorland Avenue home.

Daughter Hayley Griffin, 29, said: “She has always been there for me and my two brothers and always worked hard to make sure we had everything we wanted.

“We wanted to repay her for everything she has done for us.”

Former hotel worker Christine was diagnosed with cancer in 2009 and doctors believed she was beating the disease.

But in January 2015 she was told the cancer was back - and there was nothing they could do to save her.

Hayley said: “She was absolutely devastated because we thought she was getting better.

“Being told she was terminal was just heartbreaking.”

Two months later Christine suffered a stroke.

Now she can no longer go upstairs to shower or sleep in her own bed, and is forced to sleep in a hospital bed in the family’s back room.

Her husband, George, spends every night in a chair by her side.

The family’s appeal has already attracted support online, with their ‘gofundme’ page receiving over £2,000 in donations.

But Hayley says there is still a long way to go before they can afford the lift and wet room.

“We just want mum to be able to make the most of the time she’s got left,” she said.

People can donate to the family’s campaign at https://www.gofundme.com/aliftforkiki

The facts about bowel cancer

Bowel cancer is the term for cancer that begins in the bowel part of the digestive system.

It is one of the most common types of cancer in the UK, with around 40,000 new cases diagnosed every year.

Doctors estimate that about one in every 20 people in the UK will develop bowel cancer during their lifetime.

Symptoms include weight loss, stomach pain, abnormal bowel movements, and a lump in the abdomen.

Around 60 per cent of people with bowel cancer will live for 10 years or more after diagnosis.