Family’s hospice gift in mum’s name

Christine Wilson and daughter Hayley Griffin
Christine Wilson and daughter Hayley Griffin
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The family of a tragic Blackpool mum who died of cancer are making an incredible charity donation in her memory.

Christine Wilson, 57, was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2009.

The mum-of-three battled the disease valiantly for six years, but was eventually told by doctors that nothing could be done to save her. She died at her Westmorland Avenue home on November 30.

Now her family has vowed to donate almost £3,000 to volunteers at Trinity Hospice in Bispham, who cared for Christine during her final days.

Her daughter Hayley Griffin, 29, initially raised the £2,731 to have a medical lift and wet room installed in the family home to bring comfort to Christine’s last months.

But Christine died just a week after the deposit on the lift was made.

Hayley said: “Of course it’s upsetting. She was really excited to have a lift and go upstairs and get a sense of normality back.

“It happened so quickly. We knew she was terminal but we didn’t expect her to go so soon.

“When my mum was dying people from Trinity Hospice came in constantly to give her medication and make sure we were all right.

“They made sure she was able to die at home. Without them, she wouldn’t have been able to do that.

“They helped reassure the whole family. They were just brilliant.”

Hayley added that she hopes her family’s generous donation will help the hospice continue its home care service.

She said: “Unfortunately not many people are able to die at home.

“Trinity Hospice made sure my mum could go the way that she wanted to go.

“I hope that the money that we give will help them help more people to die in the comfort of their home.”

A service for Christine was held at Christ Church with All Saints in Blackpool, before a service at Lytham Crematorium.

Linzi Young, head of fund-raising at Trinity Hospice, said: “On behalf of everyone here at the Hospice I want to say thank-you to the family for such a kind thought. Their donation is very much appreciated.

“I know our nursing team would say it is a real privilege to be able to care for people approaching the end of their lives.”