Mother’s Day memories: “She was treated with so much respect in her final days.”

Actor and Marie Curie ambassador Linda Robson has opened up to Yours magazine   about her mum Rita and the care she received from Marie Curie. Linda is supporting the Great Daffodil Appeal and we are grateful to her and the magazine for sharing her interview in the run-up to Mother’s Day.

Linda Robson and Marie Curie Nurses
Linda at a Great Daffodil Appeal launch event with Elisabeth Goze and Leonie Christian, who cared for her mum at the Marie Curie Hospice, Hampstead.

“Proud of us all”

“Mum really was the most important person in our family. Wherever she went, she told everyone about her three girls and her grandchildren. When I started in telly she’d sit on the bus and say to people, do you know who my daughter is? She was so proud of us all.”
Linda, star of the sitcom 'Birds of a Feather', has wonderful memories of her mum Rita.
“We quickly realised that it was dementia creeping in. We’d go out shopping and suddenly she’d go missing and we wouldn’t be able to find her. Thankfully everyone in our town knew us, so people would say ‘oh I’ve just seen your mum heading into Iceland’ or something.”
In early 2012, Linda and her sisters noticed their mum starting to act out of character.

“Surrounded by her loved ones”

After a few months living with dementia, Rita was diagnosed with stomach cancer. Her doctors decided that treatment would be too traumatic, but referred her for palliative care to relieve the pain. Linda’s family cared for their mum at home, before she spent five months at the Marie Curie Hospice, Hampstead. 

“Me, my sisters and our cousin were all sleeping on mattresses in her room when my mum just fell asleep and never woke up. She was pain-free and surrounded by her loved ones. You know, people talk about lovely births but she really had a lovely death.”
Linda and her family visited Rita every day and she died peacefully in August 2013.

“We can’t thank the Marie Curie Nurses enough”

“The hospice wasn’t a sad place because everyone was surrounded by their loved ones. Respect was a big word my mum used a lot when I was growing up and it’s something I passed on to my children. So it’s lovely that she was treated with so much respect in her final days.”
Linda supports the Great Daffodil Appeal to help Marie Curie Nurses support people living with a terminal illness, and their families.

Read Linda’s full interview on the Yours website.

You can help families like Linda’s by supporting the Great Daffodil Appeal and raising money for Marie Curie Nurses.

If you or a member of your family has been affected by terminal illness, the Marie Curie Support Line can offer help every step of the way. Call free on 0800 090 2309*

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