Neil Fitzsimmons - 29 March 2016
"Lorna and I had been together for nearly 30 wonderful years. We were looking forward to spending more time together in our retirements. It was not to be, though, as in July 2014, she was diagnosed with a brain tumour.
"Lorna faced the challenge of her illness with great courage and bravery despite, I think, always realising the inevitability of the outcome. We cared for each other through her illness for nearly six months. We each kept positive for each other but eventually, as the tumour progressed, Lorna needed professional care.
"In early January 2015, after a short time in hospital, Lorna was transferred to the Marie Curie Hospice, Edinburgh. Many friends and family members visited Lorna during the final few days of her life at the hospice. There was universal praise for the specialist facilities and remarkable care Marie Curie provided: they didn’t just look after Lorna but made everybody else feel cared for as well.
"It was a great tragedy for me and the rest of Lorna’s family to lose her, but the saving grace was that, thanks to the highly skilled Marie Curie team, she did not suffer undue pain. She was allowed to pass away in peace in her sleep.
"Lorna's family, her many friends – and most of all I – will always be grateful to Marie Curie for caring for Lorna in the last weeks of her life and ensuring she was comfortable right up to the end. This is why we are paying for a day so that others will be able to have that same experience in what are such difficult circumstances.
"Thank you for always to the Marie Curie team."