Inspirational Havering mum will be featured on ITV show

An inspirational Havering mum who lost her battle with cancer last week will be featured on an ITV show on Christmas Eve.

Kelly Anne Seery, 32, who was supported by St Francis Hospice, died last Thursday.

She was filmed at the hospice with her family and hoped it would give others with a life-limiting illness courage and reassurance that hospices can help provide support.

In the interview for the show Text Santa a few months ago she said: “Before I had cancer I thought hospices were about the old and dying, not young mum’s like me. That changed when I needed their help. Without the hospice my family and I would have been lost.”

Her family had home visits from specialist nurses from the hospice, who would call Kelly and her fianc� Clive regularly.


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She said: “I see so many medical staff so it’s really important to have hospice support because the team are familiar with my condition and I don’t have to repeat myself every time I see them.

“It’s a great comfort to know that we can call the hospice at any time and someone will come if we need help.”

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Her bravery touched many lives, including Christine Marshall, who was in hospital with Kelly in August. She said: “Kelly was one of the most inspirational and bravest young women you could meet.”

Maria Tillett-Hayes, marketing executive at the hospice, said: “We are all so proud of the work Kelly has done in positively promoting hospice care.

“It takes a very special person to share their journey in order to help others. We hope that everyone tunes into the Text Santa show on Christmas Eve to give Kelly her voice. She wanted everyone to know what hospice care meant to her.”

The programme will include entertainment and highlight charities involved in the Text Santa appeal.

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