A mother who wanted to give her three daughters memories to cherish after being diagnosed with cancer less than a year ago has tragically passed away.
Laura Roberts was determined to bring great experiences to her children after receiving the devastating news that her pancreatic cancer was terminal.
From a helicopter ride to a night at the Savoy Hotel, the brave 37-year-old made sure her senior year was as memorable as possible for her girls rather than focusing on her illness.
Laura from Shrewsbury, Shropshire, was diagnosed on May 29 last year after going to the emergency room with pain in her chest.
The devoted parent made the decision not to hear how long she could expect to live, opting instead to focus on her daughters, Jade, 20, Ellie, 17, and Lily, 13.
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Her sisters Chelsea and Leann started raising money to fund new experiences for Laura and her children
Chelsea said: “We are so grateful to the kind and generous people of Shrewsbury for their donations, which have allowed my sister to do whatever she wanted over the past year.
“Laura and her girls were able to take a helicopter ride over Wolverhampton together and travel to London, stay at the Savoy Hotel and sightsee. The whole family also stayed in the Boars Head pub, which was rented out especially for us.
“Laura was also able to celebrate all three girls’ birthdays, as well as her own, and we managed to spend one last magical Christmas together, in log cabins.
“But on May 6, we lost our beautiful Laura. Her health deteriorated since her chemo was finished in December. She had been in and out of hospital and hospice since March.
“It started out as ascites, which was a buildup of fluid in the stomach. This caused her so much pain and meant she could hardly eat anything. Then the doctors said the cancer had taken over.
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“On May 5, they had told my parents that she only had a few days to go. On the evening of May 6, she came by with my sister Leann and my mother Nicky next to her.
“Throughout all this, she kept her witty and sometimes quite dark humor. And of course her biggest smile to the end.
“The Severn Hospice and Severn Hospice cafe were absolutely incredible.
“The cafe allowed us to sit at the table all day, so we had to sit somewhere when other relatives were visiting my sister – we have a very large close family.”
“They also let us have a family room so we could all be together and stay with Laura.
“A fun group of girls created a page a few months ago to help us with our fundraiser.
Lily, Laura’s youngest daughter came up with the idea that we would have a memorial bench with the money raised from that page.
“The sofa will be in Tywyn, where my parents have a caravan and where we have all spent many summers together.
“We are currently planning to do something to raise money for Severn Hospice because they were so wonderful with me and my family and took special care of my sister too.
“We are so grateful that we all got to see her and spend some time with her in her last days. And without the Shrewsbury Hospice we couldn’t have done this, so we would love to give something back.” do to them.”
“Laura’s funeral is on Friday in the Abbey Church. We chose that church because it is just as beautiful as our Laura.”
To donate to the call, visit here and for more information visit facebook.com/fundraisingforlauraandhergirls.