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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

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Tragic Cumbrian mum's last wish comes true

The final wish of a courageous mum who lost her battle against cancer has been fulfilled.

Related: Tributes paid as 'bucket list' mum loses cancer battle

Before Melissa Smye died six days ago she asked that the garden outside her mum’s house be covered in flowers.

And that wish has came true, as dozens of flowers with emotional tributes have been placed on the garden in Lowca, Whitehaven.

The 32-year-old’s fight with breast cancer pulled on the heartstrings of many last year, when she publicly told her story to help her 11-year-old daughter’s bucket list campaign.

Kate wanted to build a lifetime of memories with her mum that she and her older brother, Jake, could cherish after they list her.

And with the help of family, friends and people who didn’t even know Melissa, they raised enough money to achieve a number of dreams, including a family trip

to France and a visit to London.

One of the floral tributes is from Kate, who called her “amazing mum” her “best friend.”

Kate wrote: “Your wish is coming true and I wish you were here to see it, but I know you’re looking down on us. I love you mum. Love from Kate.”

Other tributes came from staff, pupils and parents at Bransty Primary School, where Kate’s a pupil,

They said: “We cannot express how honoured we are to have known Melissa and to have met her and her beautiful daughter. We know such a beautiful heart will live on in her family.

“Her smile, kindness and true determination will remain in our hearts for many years. She may be gone, but her memory will live on and we will care for Kate and continue to help guide her, we promise.

“We will remain her ‘other family’.”

Another reads: “To my beautiful friend, Mel. Thank you for all the fun and laughs we had together. You were a great person and fantastic mother. You were one of the bravest, strongest and most inspirational ladies we knew. Love always, Ashley and Vicki.”

Melissa’s family have thanked everyone for their support. A family friend said: “All of the cards have been read by Melissa’s family and they want to thank everyone for helping to fulfil her last wish.”

Melissa’s funeral will be held on Monday at St Bridget’s Church, Moresby, at 1.45pm, followed by cremation at Distington Hall. Flowers are welcome or can be laid at her mother’s house at Stamford Hill, Lowca.

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