In early February, Smile Train supporter Lynda Wilson peacefully passed away surrounded by her loved ones. Lynda’s son Stuart shares, in his own words, some of the things he learned about his mother in her last days.
When my mum knew she wasn’t going to be with us for much longer, her strength and character showed through in many ways – it was very inspiring. One of her wishes was for her friends and family to give to a cause that would help others after she was gone – she was always thinking of others before herself.
As a nursery nurse, mum devoted her working life to helping children. She taught them to read, spell, add up, and taught them how to overcome challenges in their lives. She made them smile with her kindness and care.
One story she shared with me was from when she was just 16-years-old. At the time, she was a nursey nurse trainee and she started looking after a baby with a cleft palate. The baby had been abandoned at the hospital by her mother, but luckily the child’s father stepped in and committed himself to looking after his daughter. When the father had to work, he brought his newborn to mum’s nursey and mum cared for her.
My mum described the baby as having the most beautiful eyes. It was clear that even 50 years later the unfairness of the child’s abandonment was still something that made mum sad. She wanted friends and family to donate to a charity that would help treat children born with clefts. No child should have to suffer through this correctable condition or, even worse, be abandoned or neglected by their parents and society.
Mum’s kindness has already helped to raise more than £600 for Smile Train, and I hope that we will add even more smiles to that total.
If you would like to donate to Lynda’s memory visit Justgiving.com/LyndasSmiles/