A MUCH-LOVED Grandma will have a day held in her honour at the Marie Curie hospice thanks to donations given in her memory.
Valerie Hems lost her brave battle with cancer in March and since then her husband Stan, who lives in Solihull, has raised £7,321.
The 75-year-old raised the money through funeral donaions and through organisations the couple supported.
The amount raised is enough to cover the costs of running the hospice for a day and as a result a day will be held in her memory.
Stan and the hospice team have agreed it will be on June 16 next year, Valerie’s birthday.
Granddaughter Charlotte Lyons said: “It feels amazing that we will all join together on Nans birthday to remember her lovingly.
“Nan would have been pleased to know she was helping others.
“The staff couldn’t do enough for us.
“Nan’s final weeks would have been so very difficult without the care and support of all the amazing doctors, nurses and team at Marie Curie.
“The delicious homemade food in the cafe kept us going too.”
Stan and Valerie met at a dance in the 60s where The Beatles were playing – a week before Valerie’s 18th birthday.
They got married in 1965 when Valerie was 20 and they were married for almost 53 years.
Valerie leaves behind two sons, five granddaughters and one great-grandson Arthur, who Valerie met just before she died.
Arthur was born the end of January and she was said to be thrilled to be able to meet him.
Amy McNaughton-Brown, community fundraiser at Marie Curie, said: “A huge thank you to Stan and his family and friends for paying for a day’s care at the Hospice in memory of Val.
“We rely heavily on voluntary donations to continue to provide the excellent end of life care we do.
“We simply couldn’t do it without our wonderful supporters and are so grateful for all they do for us.”