Lee was always so outgoing, and always wanted to help people. He was so selfless and very giving.
After he died, I knew we would do something in his memory to give something back to the hospice for everything it gave to us.
The amazing nurses at Trinity looked after us both when Lee’s health was deteriorating. They helped us to meet his milestones and gave us incredible memories that I will always treasure. Thanks to them we got married. And we got to celebrate a Christmas at home – our first with our baby girl Dorothy.
He was reluctant to go into the hospice at first, because he thought that meant the end. But when his pain got too much, the incredible Hospice at Home nurses, whom we had come to rely on, said it was time for some additional help.
As soon as he went in, he didn’t want to come out. We were made to feel like nothing was too much trouble, and that meant so much to us both.
But he came home, and we had some wonderful moments together. When it was time for him to go back into the hospice, we weren’t scared. It was the right thing to do.
The nurses arranged for me to have a bed in his room, so that we could spend New Year’s Eve together like we always did. He slipped away peacefully the following morning.
When I saw the Three Peaks Challenge on the hospice website, I knew that was something Lee would want to do. I put a few messages out to our friends and family to see if we could get a team together, and there was about 20 of us in the end.
The event itself was incredible. I thought it would be emotional, but it wasn’t at all. I was just so excited to be doing something to help such an amazing place.
We took some of Lee’s ashes with us and sprinkled them on each peak. Knowing he was there with us is what kept me going.
It was tough, but we did it, and we raised £7,000 for an amazing charity that helped us so much. I am so incredibly proud.