Sisters praise the ‘kindness and support’ of Marie Curie cancer nurses who helped their mum in her final hours

Sisters Louise, Leigh, and Laura with their mum Lesley who sadly died.
Sisters Louise, Leigh, and Laura with their mum Lesley who sadly died.

Three sisters from Boston who recently lost their mum to lung cancer have raised nearly £2,000 in her name for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Louise, Laura and Leigh were ‘devastated’ when their mum Lesley Hocknell died at her home in Fishtoft Road on May 5 – just two months after being diagnosed. She was 51.

The three set up a Justgiving site with the aim of raising £500 for the Marie Curie nurses who helped their mum. But the total now stands at £1,869.25 and counting.

Louise, 28, explained how her mum’s illness started with a ‘slight cough’ that lasted three weeks: “She went to the doctors and was sent to Pilgrim Hospital for a routine chest scan. Unfortunately, there were a series of shadows on her lungs which were diagnosed as stage 4 terminal non-small cell lung cancer.

“She never smoked so this was a massive shock to us all. We were hopeful she would start chemo but she deteriorated so quickly that she was unable to ever begin. Despite this, she remained extremely positive, never complained or asked ‘Why me?’. She was incredibly brave to the end.”

The sisters want to raise awareness of both lung cancer in non smokers and the work of Marie Curie nurses who they said ‘were calm, composed and compassionate in the early hours of the morning when we were not’.

They said: “Our mum was young, healthy and full of life but the unrelenting and ferocious effect the disease had on her was devastating. Through this brief but very painful time we were touched by the kindness and support shown to us by the Marie Curie nurses.They came out to help us late at night and did so with compassion and good humour.”

l To donate visit www.just
giving.com/lesleyhocknell