Mother’s Day children’s hospice fundraising campaign in Leeds doctor’s memory

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THE family of a Leeds doctor who died from breast cancer have launched a campaign to raise cash for the children’s hospice where she worked in her memory this Mother’s Day.

Mother-of-three Dr Fiona Hicks, a consultant physician in palliative care at Leeds Teaching Hospitals and Martin House Children’s Hospice in Wetherby, lost her breast cancer battle aged 53 in October 2015.

Her children Naomi, 22, Jonathan, 21, and Edward, 17, want to raise £5,000 for the hospice and are urging people to donate the cost of a Mother’s Day card.

They want to pay for improved lighting for the corridor outside of the children’s bedrooms at the hospice where their mother was also a trustee. Better lighting would mean the children’s art work on the walls and ceiling will be highlighted.

Naomi said: “We feel that as well as being a very worthy cause, it reflects the light that Fiona brought to all of our lives. We are asking people to donate the cost of a card in memory of Fiona and of all others who are unable to spend time with their Mum this Mother’s Day.

“Mother’s Day can be really tricky when your mother has died. It helps me to do something positive rather than thinking mum’s not around. Mum was always so positive right up until the end of her life. I asked her if she was angry and she just said ‘I have lived every day of my life as well as I could have done.’” Dr Hicks, of Wetherby, became a doctor before she married husband David Barrow and was known locally as Mrs Fiona Barrow. To donate, text ‘LOVM53’ followed by your donation amount to 70070, or visit www.tinyurl.com/locfek5

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