A Trowbridge grandmother who suffered with cancer and planned her own funeral to help raise money for Royal United Hospital in Bath will be honoured in their new floral campaign later this year.
Heather Timbrell, pictured with grandchildren Lauren and John, died last November and to mark her appreciation for staff who cared for her at the cancer unit, husband Roger will be donating joining hundreds of other families by making a donation to the Forever Friends appeal. In return her name will be commemorated on a flower at the hospital.
Mr Timbrell said: “Heather had a lot of treatment at the RUH for 14 months and I’ve been getting treatment there for over 12 months and it is still ongoing so we have been trying to raise money for the hospital ever since.
“They helped us so much and we thought this initiative would be the perfect way to say thank you to the RUH.”
A Flower to Remember aims to raise funds hopes that families make a donation towards a new £8.5m cancer centre at the hospital, while marking the loss of their loved one with a flower which will be part of a floral garden display in September.
Mrs Timbrell was involved with charitable organisations including the British Heart Foundation where she was the memorial secretary for Trowbridge as well as being the trophy secretary for the West Wilts Music Festival.
In September 2013 she was diagnosed with cancer and was given an aggressive chemotherapy treatment but in July last year, the cancer spread further.
From this news, Mrs Timbrell began arranging details for her funeral which included ways to raise money for the RUH asking people to donate funds instead of flowers at the service.
Mr Timbrell has stuck to his wife’s wishes and completed a 15-mile walk raising a total of £580 for the appeal.
He said: “We are doing everything we can to remember Heather and this is one thing I’m sure she would have loved this,” Mr Timbrell added.”
Families who donate towards the ‘A Flower to Remember’ will be invited to a special ‘Time of Reflection’ event on the September 26, where they can celebrate the lives of their loved ones. It will form part of the flower display from September 7-21.
The Forever Friends Appeal has also launched Ted’s Big Bake Off to support their quest for a new cancer centre.
The week of baking starts on Monday, October 5.
For more information, visit our Flower to Remember page