Lynn Guthrie Joyce was an amazing woman. She raised us as a single parent and always strived to provide the best for us, and to have fun. She was an incredible mum with a fierce, burning love for Martin and I (and later on her grandson, Arran). Her tablet was legendary, made the best steak pie (soggy pastry and all) and her fancy dress costumes when we were kids were the envy of all our friends...I could go on forever.

When it was discovered that she had advanced renal cancer in February 2017 at the age of 66, she was more concerned about us than herself...that was the type of woman she was.

Mum was admitted to Strathcarron at the beginning of June, 2017. She almost died a day later but suddenly woke up and compiled a bucket list that evening, culminating in an event, six weeks ahead. Strathcarron helped us fulfil her wishes; going out for her favourite steak dinner, teaching me how to make her tablet, afternoon tea with her friends and dragging Martin along to a charity shop - knowing that it was his idea of hell! When it was a warm day, she'd sit outside and enjoy her favourite tipple - Southern Comfort, while Arran would be feeding and chasing the ducks! Nothing was too much for this incredible hospice and the emotional support that we received throughout that time was indescribable.

As the six week deadline arrived, she was too poorly to attend but Martin videoed it and we played it by her bedside. The next day, on July 9th, and with her bucket list completed, she passed away peacefully with us beside her. Those six weeks were unexpected and so precious; every day spent there was like being part of a family and there was always someone close by if we needed them. There was lots of laughter and happy times, despite not knowing when the inevitable was going to happen.

On May 6th, we are taking part in the Bubble Rush in Glasgow. It would have been Mum's birthday on the 7th and we think it's the perfect way to remember her as she would have been well up for it herself!!!

Please, if you are able to donate even the smallest amount, we would really appreciate it. Everyone who is facing a terminal illness should have a positive experience like the one we had at Strathcarron.

Thank you,

Lynn, Martin and Arran xx Lynn Guthrie