Brave mother backs appeal

sp93865 Ashgate Hospice Christmas Lights of Love. June Brannigan.
sp93865 Ashgate Hospice Christmas Lights of Love. June Brannigan.

A BROKEN-HEARTED mother whose son died after suffering with terminal cancer is urging others to join a Christmas hospice appeal.

June Brannigan, 70, of Kendal Road, Newbold, Chesterfield, lost 38 year-old Conlieth in May and as she faces her first festive season without him she will be one of many taking part in the town’s Ashgate Hospice Lights of Love fundraiser.

Mrs Brannigan said: “With Christmas coming it’s going to be a very difficult time because the whole family’s thoughts will be with Con.

“I looked after him at home but he went to the hospice a couple of times and spent his last two days there with peace and dignity.

“They took really good care of him and I don’t know what we would have done without them so by taking part in the Lights of Love we can remember him and help others.”

Conlieth suffered with a rare kidney cancer which had struck down his late father Colin six years ago.

Mrs Brannigan also lost her eldest son Mark many years ago after he died from sudden death syndrome aged 34.

She will be dedicating a Light of love to all three as well as another for her late father.

The Lights of Love scheme urges people who wish to remember family and friends during the festive season to make a donation and they will be invited to the hospice Christmas lights switch-on, at 6pm, on December 11.

Those who make a donation of £5 and over will get a card to keep and to write a personal message and those who donate £20 or more get a Christmas tree decoration.

People can also make a dedication on line. For details call (01246) 567250 or visit