How the strength of human kindness helped following the sudden death of our daughter (From St Helens Star)
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Pam Craven: How the strength of human kindness helped following the sudden death of our daughter Ann Lees from epilepsy
A GRIEVING mother has described how the “strength of human kindness” has helped her family since the heartbreaking death of her epileptic daughter at the age of 32.
Ann Lees, a mother-of-two, collapsed at her parents’ home in Windle as she prepared to travel home with her two children.
The hairdresser, who had suffered a seizure, was found by her mum Pam Craven but died four days later in hospital.
Speaking two months after the tragedy, Pam, 65, praised the overwhelming support from well-wishers that has seen messages arrive from as far away as USA and Africa.
She said: “Although Ann moved to Luton when she got married to Martin five years ago, she came back home every six weeks.
“She was the mummy of two little girls, Erica aged one and Olivia aged three, and her death at the age of 32 is a devastating event that we are all struggling to come to terms with.
“She was kind-hearted with a beautiful singing voice, very pretty and when she entered a room, everyone turned around.”
Since Ann’s death, the family have been stunned by the response.
Pam added: “People have been so kind, which is why we love St Helens. We have lovely neighbours – the best we have ever had.
“I took Ann’s dog Jessie to Olwyn at Windlegrey Dog Boarding Suite, who I had met just a few times, but she had no room in her kennels. “But she was so sweet and said: ‘I’ll find somewhere, don’t worry’.
“She sent a huge bouquet of flowers to the funeral and brought Jessie along and stood at the end of the driveway at the crematorium to say her goodbyes. It made me cry.
“I called to the little fabric shop on George Street for a piece of material to place around Ann’s neck in the coffin because we had put her in her wedding dress but the man gave it to us free.
“People have been even putting money through our door for charity. The nurses at Whiston Hospital were so loving and kind.
“Not only did they give Ann the best possible attention, they cared for us as well. “We are so grateful to every one of them from the consultant to the nurses, the support staff and the nurses who cared for Ann in her final days.”
Pam and husband Brian are members of the church community and they received messages of support from across the globe, from Switzerland to Canada.
She added: “Ann would be bowled over if she saw what happened.”
Pam also paid tribute to the Reverend David Eastwood at St Helens Parish Church who spent several hours by Ann’s bedside.
She said: “This precious man gave so much of his time, that we can never thank him enough for the love he has shown us all.”
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