Fundraisers grant mum’s dying wish

NILABE111122c2, Bright Street Cotmanhay, Family trying to raise money. Jacob Middleton, Emily Middleton, Daecy Shaw, Cody Shaw, back Paula and Alex Middleton.

NILABE111122c2, Bright Street Cotmanhay, Family trying to raise money. Jacob Middleton, Emily Middleton, Daecy Shaw, Cody Shaw, back Paula and Alex Middleton.

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The dying wish of an Ilkeston mum has come true thanks to the fundraising efforts of her friends and family and the generosity of local businesses.

Bev Shaw, 47, died in October lat year after losing her brave fight against breast cancer.

Before she died she wanted her niece’s home to be converted so that her two teenage daughters, Darcy and Cody, had somewhere to live when she’d gone.

Bev’s niece, Paula Middleton, said: “Bev was my aunty but she was more like my sister.

“When she found out the cancer was back she knew she didn’t have long and she wanted to make sure everything was in place for her girls.”

When the family first got in touch with the Advertiser last November, Paula’s husband Alex was having to sleep on a mattress on the living room floor, while the couple’s two children, Emily and Jacob shared with her and Darcy and Cody shared another room.

But thanks to the efforts of friends, family and local workmen who have donated their time, the family now have their own rooms and work at their Bright Street home is almost finished.

Paula said: “We still have a way to go but light is definitely at the end of the tunnel.

“The girls are doing really well.”

Turn to page eight for Paula’s thank you.