Wrexham family says farewell to dying mum

Published date: 26 February 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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FRIENDS and relatives of a dedicated mum who it is feared could have just days to live have gathered to say their last goodbyes.

Sandra Cragg was dealt the devastating blow in January she has terminal cancer.
It came after she previously battled for more than a year with breast cancer, finally getting the all-clear just before Christmas last year.

Primary school teacher Mrs Cragg, 54, from Kingsmill, Wrexham, could have just days to live and her family thought it would be a good idea to give everyone she knows the opportunity to say goodbye in a celebration at the War Memorial Hall yesterday.

Her daughter, Sarah Cragg, 25, said: “Mum battled breast cancer for about a year-and-a-half and was eventually given the all-clear in December, just before Christmas and we were all so happy.

“But after becoming ill in January mum was eventually diagnosed with terminal secondary cancer in the lungs, brain and liver.

“It was horrendous and totally devastating and we’ve struggled to get on with our daily lives.

“The last month has been a nightmare with mum in Wrexham Maelor Hospital and then Nightingale House Hospice.

“We were sat with her in the hospice and she told us she would like a bit of a do, so that’s what we did and it has been a chance for her to have a bit off fuss and for everyone to say their goodbyes.

“Mum only has days really, maybe a week if we are lucky.”

Unfortunately Mrs Cragg could not make the celebration from the hospice due to her condition, but the occasion still went ahead.

In September she was given her dream job as head of the infants department at Victoria Primary School in Wrexham. But it was short lived joy as after Christmas she discovered she had terminal cancer.

Miss Cragg said: “When mum was in hospital she said to us, ‘oh I’m just a bit under the weather’. But that’s just her, she has just kept smiling throughout all of this. She is so popular and when she does go she will be missed by so many people.”

As well as colleagues and friends, Sandra’s husband Peter, her two daughters Natalie and Sarah, her son Lewis and young grandson Jayden were at the event.

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