And tragically, by the end of 2013, Gail’s family knew that the end was in sight. “In November, we were told it would be a matter of months before Gail would die,” Maddie’s dad Andy told the Coventry Telegraph newspaper in 2014. He added, “We were really hoping it wouldn’t be at Christmas, and we tried to do our best for Maddie.”
With that in mind, the family came together to create some precious memories with Gail while they could. And little Maddie was over the moon when she received her dream gift – ice-skating lessons – from her mom at Christmas. They would sadly be the last present that the mother gave to her cherished daughter, however.
Andy explained to the Coventry Telegraph, “Gail’s birthday was on Boxing Day [December 26], so she was allowed out of Myton Hospice for that, but she was so sick she could hardly get off the [couch].” He went on, “When [Gail] went back [into the hospice] again after that, that was it – she didn’t come back out.” Heartbreakingly, Gail would pass away in January 2014.