My dear cousin Lucy passed away peacefully at Royal Trinity Hospice, London, in June 2017. 

Lucy was my closest relative after my mother. Besides being a fun, generous and interesting person for everyone who was fortunate enough to meet her, Lucy was always supportive, encouraging and inspiring. Her busy cultural and intellectual life in London always seemed so glamorous to me.

 

From her wide-ranging international adventures, to her great warmth and generosity, she taught my mother and me so much about life.

From as early as I can remember, she was enthusiastic, energetic and always there. I remember taking my first trip alone to stay with her in London as a teenager, meeting her fascinating friends and learning about the world. I remember receiving my first Chanel perfume from her, visiting Tunis and laughing about eggs being served with every meal, and her fitting in perfectly with my best friends at a special birthday dinner for my 30th birthday. But, most of all, I remember her wonderful laughter, her ability to connect with absolutely everybody, and her tendency to be a little bossy sometimes! 

Trinity really is a unique place, and we are so very grateful for all that it gave Lucy.

Lucy so appreciated the wonderful art classes, the delicious cakes in the café and the beautiful and tranquil gardens. Most importantly she appreciated the warmth and support of all of the staff, volunteers and other patients and their families and friends at Trinity.

Visiting Lucy there in the last weeks of her life made me feel like she couldn’t have been in a better place. She was in a lovely room filled with light, overlooking the beautiful gardens, and could rest on the balcony in the sunshine. We were able to visit anytime, day or night, and we were made so welcome and comfortable by Trinity’s incredible staff.

Trinity was Lucy’s sanctuary for the three years that she fought her cancer so determinedly. We miss her terribly, but are so grateful that her passing was so peaceful and in a place that was so special to her. 

Something that me and Lucy’s family really value about Trinity is the fact that it is open and free to anyone in need of support, and offers a range of amazing services to support people with cancer, and their families and friends, through the whole journey.

 

Trinity relies mainly on fundraising, income from its charity shops and other donations. I have therefore decided to run a marathon to raise funds for Trinity. It will be my first and probably only marathon, and it will be a hilly one…eeek! I will run the 42km in Soweto, South Africa. I am now fully into a gruelling training plan, but think of Lucy every run. And I know that she would insist I can do it!

I hope that we can continue to support Trinity's great work.

 

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