A mum who wanted to give her three daughters memories to treasure after being diagnosed with cancer less than a year ago has tragically died.
Laura Roberts was determined to give her children amazing experiences after she was given the devastating news that her pancreatic cancer was terminal.
From a helicopter ride to a night in the Savoy Hotel the brave 37-year-old made sure her final year was as memorable as possible for her girls instead of focussing on her illness.
Laura from Shrewsbury, Shropshire, was given her diagnosis on May 29 last year after going to A&E with pains in her chest.
The devoted parent made the decision not to be told how long she could expect to live, and instead chose to focus on her daughters, Jade, 20, Ellie, 17, and Lily, aged 13.
Laura was diagnosed last May
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Her sisters Chelsea and Leann began raising money to fund new experiences for Laura and her children
Chelsea said: “We are so grateful for the kind and generous people of Shrewsbury for donating. This allowed my sister to do everything she wanted over the last year.
“Laura and her girls were able to do a helicopter ride together over Wolverhampton and travel to London, to stay in the Savoy Hotel and sightsee. Also the whole family stayed in the Boars Head pub, which was hired out just for us.
“Laura was also able to celebrate all three girls’ birthdays, as well as her own and we managed to spend a final magical Christmas all together, staying in log cabins.
“But On May 6, we lost our beautiful Laura. Her health had been deteriorating since her chemo finished in December. She had been in and out of the hospital and the hospice since March.
“It started out as ascites, which was a build-up of fluid in the stomach. This caused so much pain for her and meant she could hardly eat anything. Then the doctors said the cancer had taken over.
Laura enjoyed a night in the Savoy Hotel
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“On May 5 they had told my parents she only had days left. Then on the evening of May 6, she passed with my sister Leann and my mum Nicky beside her.
“Throughout all of this, she still kept her witty and sometimes quite dark sense of humour. And of course her biggest smile right until the end.
“The Severn Hospice and the Severn Hospice cafe were absolutely incredible.
“The cafe allowed us to have a table all day so we had somewhere to sit, when other family members were visiting my sister – we have a very big close family.”
“They also allowed us to have a family room, so we could all be together and stay with Laura.
“A lovely group of girls created a page to help us with our fundraising, a couple of months ago.
“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 bench will be in Tywyn, where my parents have a caravan and where we have all spent many summers all together.
“We are currently in the process of planning to do something to raise money for Severn Hospice, as they were so brilliant with me and my family as well as taking special care of my sister.
“We are so grateful we were all able to see her and spend some time with her in her last days. And without the hospice being in Shrewsbury, we would not have been able to do this so we would really like to give something back to them.”
“Laura’s funeral will be on Friday at the Abbey Church. We chose that church as it’s beautiful just like our Laura.”
To donate to the appeal visit here and to learn more visit facebook.com/fundraisingforlauraandhergirls.