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. “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. Little Maddie was over the moon when she received her dream gift – ice-skating lessons – from her mom at Christmas. However, they would sadly be the last present the mother gave to her cherished daughter.
“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 settee,” Andy explained. “When she went back in again after that, that was it – she didn’t come back out.” Gail passed away in January 2014.