Work colleagues of a young mum who died after a brave battle against cancer are to pay tribute to her at an annual garden event.
Alison Gobey, 37, died from stomach cancer last year, leaving husband Wayne, 38, and their 28-month-old-son Samuel.
The mother-of-one was a keen horticulturalist and now colleagues and friends are to dedicate their open garden event this year to her.
They will open a private garden up to the public as part of the National Gardens Scheme at 9 Main Street, Horsley Woodhouse, on Sunday, August 3.
Alison, who worked as a horticulturalist in the village, had been involved in organising the event since 2005.
Work colleague Alison Napier said: “We shall be making a special collection in her memory with proceeds going to a charity nominated by her husband. Please join us if you can help to make this a memorable and enjoyable day for Alison Gobey’s family.”
The National Gardens Scheme sees thousands of outstanding gardens opened to the public throughout England and Wales to raise money for charities.
Alison’s husband Wayne, of Westminster Drive, Church Gresley, said she loved to be surrounded by nature.
“She was in her element when she was busy outdoors creating a masterpiece.”
Alison previously worked as an accountant, but took a career break to pursue her passion for horticulture. She studied at the University of Derby, before starting her own garden design and management business.
Alongside her blooming career, Alison gave birth to Samuel in April 2012. She began to feel unwell a few months later.
Wayne said: “She started losing weight and was unable to keep food down. It got to the point where she couldn’t even keep fluid down, it wasn’t normal.”
Alison went to the doctor’s, and was then referred to the hospital. After several biopsies and operations, she was officially diagnosed with stomach cancer in February last year and started nine bouts of chemotherapy.
Wayne, who works as a maintenance engineer, said: “When we were told it was stage four cancer I did some research. I knew deep down the inevitable was coming, but Alison was so determined to fight it.”
But brave Alison was told the chemotherapy had not been successful and the cancer was terminal. She died in January this year.
He said: “I was in shock and felt numb, but cancer spread through her like a spider’s web. I wanted to fall apart, but I had Samuel so I didn’t have any other option but to keep going.”
Wayne explained that Alison had struggled with the idea of leaving her young son behind, so they created a memory box full of keepsakes for Samuel to look through and remember his mum when he is older.
Wayne and Samuel will also be attending the open garden event to honour Alison. Donations from the day will go to Perennial, the Gardeners’ Royal Benevolent Society – a cause close to Alison’s heart.
Wayne invited people along to pay tribute to his wife.
He said: “It will be a day of mixed emotions, but Alison would have loved it, we hope you will all come down and enjoy it too.”
Most of the gardens are private and not generally open to the public. The hilltop garden will open from 1.30pm to 4.30pm.
Visitors to the garden will be treated to views overlooking farmland and features including a wildlife pond, bog garden and an array of flowers.
Entry to the garden is £2.50 for adults and free for children, and there will be refreshments and aplant sale.