A few words from Monica about SeeSaw

You are given the shattering and completely unexpected news that you have only months to live. What do you say to your children? How do you prepare them? Can you prepare them? Is there anything you can do to steer them through the tragedy? 

This is something my sister Angela had to face when she was diagnosed, out of the blue, with terminal cancer. The months that followed that darkest of days were a waking nightmare.  Lurching between different hospitals and wards, navigating miles of warren-like corridors for tests and treatments that only seemed to make her worse, all of us trawling the internet and praying desperately and hopelessly for a miracle. She died on January 24, 2014, aged 39. 

Medicine and science failed my sister but the guidance, kindness and support we received from SeeSaw was a huge comfort. Angela loved being a mum and from the moment she was diagnosed, her main concern was for her two children. She was enormously grateful to have SeeSaw's practical support and expertise. 

She was so very brave and funny to the end, entertaining us with tales of her fellow hospital patients including one she called ‘Mr Angry Pants’ who was prone to loud complaints about conditions on the ward, including: "This is absolutely the worst hotel I have ever stayed in!". We miss her every day. 

SeeSaw is such a special charity. I hope you never need their help, but we are proud to support them once again with our Valentine's events, along with Child Bereavement UK, which provides a similar service in Bucks. Please give generously. 

Thank you!



We do love you and your little ones so please be our Valentine this year and help us raise lots of money for children who have lost a parent or sibling. We'll be singing songs about hearts, flowers, teddy bears and chocolates with live musical accompaniment, puppets, props & parachute games.
There will be chocolate treats for all the children and cake after the music with all donations for cake shared between Oxfordshire child grief charity SeeSaw and Child Bereavement UK - two extraordinary charities which provide specialist grief support to children and young people.
We'll also be selling handmade charity Valentine's cards for SeeSaw.
We are organising these fundraising events in memory of Monica's sister - Oxfordshire primary school teacher Angela Clare.

MONDAY Thame Cricket Club, 9.45am & 11am AND St Mary's Centre, Haddenham, 9.30am & 10.45am TUESDAY Oldham Hall, Great Missenden, 10am
WEDNESDAY Thame Cricket Club, 10am & 11.15am
THURSDAY Rush UK High Wycombe, 10am & 11am
Chinnor Village Hall, 10am & 11.15am
FRIDAY Princes Risborough Community Centre, 9.45am & 11.15am