The story of June Liggins' ‘final quilt’ began in May, when she handed it over to our Community Fundraising Manager, Sarah Marsh, with the wish that it would be used to raise money for the hospice. Not long after meeting Sarah, June died the day after her 87th birthday and we were also able to realise her wish to raise funds by putting the quilt in our recent online auction.

In our last blog post June’s daughter Lynne told us about a particular nurse who, more often than not, would pick up Lynne’s calls to the 24/7 Nurse Line and provide her with advice and support during her mum’s final days. She was also the one who took the call from Lynne to say that June had died, and remarkably, the winning bidder for the quilt.

Shortly after the auction ended, Sarah received a message from the nurse to say that she wanted to give the quilt to Lynne, feeling that it belonged back with June’s family. The pair met for the first time on Thursday 20th August, when Lynne gratefully accepted her mum’s precious quilt and in return she had brought one of the first quilts June had made for her, which she wanted the nurse to have and treasure.

‘I was quite surprised that she wanted to give the quilt back, but it was such a touching and lovely thought of hers,’ Lynne told us. ‘It’s incredibly special to have it back as I watched its journey as it was made.

‘The quilt I gave to the nurse was one Mum made me in 2005. There is a label on one corner that says “with every stitch, made with love,” and then I wrote my own label on the opposite corner saying “especially for you,” thanking her for her kindness and support. I hope she can treasure it because there will never be another one like it.’

Sarah said: ‘It feels like the right end for the story of the beautiful quilt. I promised June we would raise money for the hospice and we did just that. Lynne finally got to meet the nurse who had helped her get through the difficult days and thanks to her simple but beautiful gesture the quilt is back with June’s family, where it will be treasured for generations. I like to think that June would be quite approving about how it all turned out.’

As well as having the quilt, Lynne has also brought a leaf to go on our Memory Tree, so she will always have something to remember her mum by.

‘It is very personal,’ Lynne said when I asked her about what it meant to have a leaf on the Memory Tree. ‘I used to regularly bring Mum to the café and we would always sit at the table opposite the Memory Tree. I promised her that when she died we would dedicate a leaf to her. “You’ll have a gold one,” I said to her; it was what she wanted.’

Those who purchase a leaf can have it on the tree for a year, after which they can then decide to renew it or have it for themselves. Lynne has decided that when her year is up she is going to have it framed, which will then go in her new sewing room, up next to her mum and dad’s old cuckoo clock.

‘Mum used to have a sewing room, so we are currently converting our extended garage into a sewing room of my own. I recently sold a lot of mum’s craft stuff and have raised £1,000 for the hospice, the care home she was in, and the oncology department at the DGH.’

‘I am grateful for everyone who cared for Mum. You couldn’t have planned her end of life any better. It was perfect, if you can say that about end of life!’