'Ty George helped me over trauma'.
Sylvia Trott has made a very personal decision and that is to dedicate the rest of her life to help those who helped her in a desperate hour of need. It was the care of the cancer nurses and staff of the Ty George Hospice in Cardiff that she openly admits is the only reason she pulled through the trauma of the death of husband Graham.
On the eve of a well-earned retirement, 60-year-old electrician Graham was diagnosed with liver cancer.
Six months later Graham died and Sylvia's world fell apart. But it was the loving care, dedication and specialist help she received from the charity that brought her through her darkest hours.
'I didn't have any family and had no-one else to turn to when Graham was told he was terminally ill,' she said.
It was only when Sylvia, now aged 60, of Clos Ton Mawr, Rhiwbina, Cardiff, was put in touch with the Ty George Thomas charity that she saw some light at the end of the tunnel.
'A wonderful specialist nurse visited us regularly and my home was turned into a hospital,' she said.
'Graham had every support and help from Ty George Thomas.'
After Graham died six months after the originally diagnosis Sylvia was directed to the charity's bereavement service where she met others who has been through the same harrowing experience.
'I could never have got through this period without the Ty George Thomas staff and I made a decision to help them all I can - to give something back for all they had done for me,' she added.
Sylvia said her volunteer duties are to literally do anything they want.
She said: 'I don't mind organising raffles, stuffing envelopes, fundraising in the street and I've even been a car park attendant during an open day. I feel so passionately about this that I'll give anything for this organisation that helped me so much.': MORE OF OUR READERS' POIGNANT MESSAGES:Albert Boonstra, dearly Beloved husband of Cecilia. Always in my thoughts, remembered by Cecilia Boonstra. Richard Lawrence (Larry) Boore, never more than a thought away. Always in our hearts, remembered by his lifelong partner Megan (wife), Brenda, Lynda (daughters), and families.
n Roger Arthur Boots, in loving memory. Dear husband of Betty and loving father of Catherine, Linda, Lesley and adored grandfather to all his grandchildren. Always in our thoughts, God bless, remembered by Betty, Catherine, Linda, Lesley and grandchildren.
n Don and Mildred Bore, loving thoughts of a dear mother and stepfather, remembered by Ann Phillips.
n Christine Bounds, a much-loved daughter, remembered by Bernadette.
n Thomas Maile Bowden, a darling father so dearly loved, remembered by Cliff and Mavis Bowden.
n David B. Bowen, the hands of time keep turning the years just slip away, but memories are forever, they never go away, remembered by Ethel and Reg.
n Henry Rhys Bowen, increasing respect as the years go by, remembered by your loving daughter Dorothy.
n Theo Bowley, my dearest friend, remembered by Betty Davies.
n Frank Bowsher, always in our thoughts, remembered by loving Nan and family.
n Wendy Boyce, always in our hearts, remembered by Ron, Rachel, Claire, Geoff, Euros and Joseph.
n Robert Boyd, forever in my thoughts, remembered by Kathy x x x.
n William James Bragg, a loving husband, never more than a thought away, remembered by Peggy.
n Susan Valerie Bramwell, a dear daughter, always thinking of you, love you always, remembered by Edwina and Jack Bramwell.
n Jackie Bridgeman, a dearly loved daughter and mother, remembered by Avril Alderman and family.
n Mr and Mrs A. Briggs, remembered at this time by Mrs E. Bailey (Nee Thomas) and family.
n William Thomas Bright, in loving memory, remembered by Alan and Jan Bright.
n Florence Edith Bright, in loving memory, remembered by Alan and Jan Bright.
n Keith John Bright, in loving memory, remembered by Alan and Jan Bright.
n Margaret and Dilwyn Broad, always in our thoughts, remembered by Mark, Katie and Niamh.
n Captain Tom Brookland, a loving husband and father, remembered by Gwynneth and family.
n Norman Brown, precious memories of my wonderful Dad, remembered by Ann Phillips.
n Veronica Browne, my dearest sister missed so very much, remembered by Maureen Tadd.
n Frederick J. Browning, always in our thoughts, remembered by Sylvia, Lesley, Dorian, Richard and Neil.
n Anne Heulwen Bryson, 23/2/1953 - 2/4/2001 Cherished Memories. Till we meet again, remembered by Nansi Bryson.
n Robert Bryson, 20/8/1912 - 14/8/2000 Cherished memories. Till we meet again, remembered by Nansi Bryson.
n Ian Robert Bryson, 2/10/1946 - 19/3/1960 Cherished Memories. Till we meet again, remembered by Nansi Bryson.
n Joan Buchan, a loving Mum and Nan, remembered by Jilly and Anthony.
n Antony Bernard Bulpin, always my beloved, always remembered by Daphne.
n Bill and Frances Bunce, much-loved parents, remembered by Judy, Margaret, Jeff and Steve.
n Joan Burden, a loving wife and mother, remembered by Ron and Mary.
n Ada and Harry Burden, dearly missed parents and grandparents, remembered by Ron and Mary.
n Louise Burgess, a loving daughter and sister. You are not gone but merely walk within us, remembered by Mum, Dad and sister Susan.
n Mrs Val Burke, a greatly loved wife, mother and Nan, remembered by John and family.
n Royston Burnell, dear husband father and grandfather, remembered by Miriam and Children.
n Mrs Doreen Burnett, a loving mother, grandma and Gee-Gee, clearly missed, remembered by Sonia and David and All Their family.
n Harry Burnett, a dear dad deeply missed, remembered by Sonia.
n Mrs Mary Burnett, a Beloved wife, mother and grandmother, remembered by Ken Burnett and family.
n James Charles Burridge, a loving dad, grandfather and great-grandfather, remembered by Cynthia, Kay, Barbara and Families.
n Mrs Lilian May Burridge, a loving mum, Nan and Great Nan, remembered by Cynthia, Kay, Barbara and families.
n Megan Burton, always in our thoughts, wife, mother, grandmother, remembered by Jim, Jeanette and Amanda.
n Nesta Burton (Nee Biggs), in loving memory of a dear sister, remembered by Cecilia Boonstra.
n Mrs Sheila Byrd (Nee Mapley), a dear sister, remembered by Mrs Gloria O'Boyle (Nee Mapley).
n Eileen Cadenne, always remembered by the Goodman family.
n Fred Calford, always in our thoughts, remembered by loving wife Eileen, Children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
n William John (Bill) Calford, a dear husband, dad and bamps, remembered by Glen and all the family.
n Andrew Callaghan, dearly loved son and brother, remembered by Margaret, Clare and William.
n Richard Callaghan, a loving husband and father, remembered by Margaret, Clare and William.
n Alberta and Arthur Callow, dear parents and grandparents, remembered by Jeanne and family.
n Wayne Cambell, loved and missed, forever and a day, especially at Christmas, remembered by all those who loved him, especially his dear wife and children, Mac and Babs.
n Jill Cameron, in memory of a dear sister, remembered by John, Blanche and family.
n Thomas Campbell, cherished memories of a loving husband dad and granshire, remembered and loved always by Maisie and family.
n Kathleen Laura Candor, a dear mother and grandmother, remembered by Haydn, Janet and family with love.
n Kath Canham, mum you are forever in our hearts and thoughts, remembered by Karen, Gareth, Martin and Becky.
n Christine Cannan, in loving memory of our dearest daughter/sister, remembered by Mam, Dad and Andrew.
n Brian Carbis, our thoughts are with you in 2005. Rest in peace, remembered by Phyllis Camilleri and family.
n Walter James Carbis, our thoughts are with you In 2005. Rest in peace, remembered by Phyllis Camilleri and family.
n Eve Care, a dearly loved sister, remembered by Babe.
n Denise and Lisa Carey, a loving daughter and daughter-In-Law, remembered by Stella Carey.
n Alma Carpenter, fond memories, remembered by Tommy.
n Thomas John Carpenter, a Wonderful father, remembered by Yvonne Samuel.
n William (Bill) Carr, 'just my Bill' my love always, remembered by Marlene.
n Marjorie Carroll, always in our thoughts, remembered by Ceri, Brian, Sarah and James Blackmore.
n Terry Carroll, never forget your love, remembered by Erica and family.
n Doreen Carter, a dear wife, mother and nana, no longer in our lives to share, yet in our hearts you're always there, remembered with love by Janet, Dean, Louise, Jodie, Joanne, Keith and Roy xxx.
n E. and M. Carter, much-loved parents, remembered by Bill and Sue.
n Irene Case, a dearly loved mother and grandmother, remembered by Jan Bibby.
n Dennis and Hetty Casey, another year without you both. We always remember you with love and respect, remembered with love by your friends Phyllis, Jumbo and family x x.
n Mrs Doris Casey, mam love you always, remembered by daughter Jill.
n Esther and Dennis Casey, mam and dad Still remembered loved Forever! Remembered by Tony, Yvonne, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
n Rev. Ivor Vivian Cassam, a dearly loved husband and father, remembered by Doreen and Roland Cassam.
n Dorothy Castle, to my mum, I love you and miss you very, very much, remembered by Frances.
n Angele Michael Catris, dear husband and father and Bampy, remembered lovingly by Peggy and family.
n Ross Cawley, happy memories of a dear son and brother. God bless, remembered with love by Mum, Scott, Cindy and Donna x x x x.
n Raymond Cawley, precious memories of a dear husband, father and grandfather, remembered with love by Joyce, Scott, Cindy and Donna x x x x x.
n Scott Chalmers, a loving husband, father and grandad, remembered by Ann and your family with love x x x.
n Greta and Jack Chamberlain, Christmas memories of a beloved mum and dad, remembered by Andrea and Robert.
n James Edward Chamberlain, forever in our hearts always in our thoughts, remembered by Maria, Sarah and Jonathan xxx.
n Doris and Edward Perry Govier Chambers, loving parents, remembered by Jeanne Margaret Chambers.
n Doris May Champ, a dear mother and mother-in-law, remembered by Billy, Margaret, (son and daughter-in-law), and family.
n William John Champ, a dear father and father-in-law, remembered by Billy, Margaret, (son and daughter-in-law), and family.
n Robert and Jean Chedzey, loving, loved, Missed, remembered by Chris and Beth.
n Peter Cheeseman, sadly missed - love you always, remembered by Sonia, Nigel and Sara, Mike, Sean, Owen and Chloe.
n Ivy Cherry, a loving gran, remembered by Pete, Kath, Matt and Rhys.
n Jackie Chichester, a much missed father and husband, remembered by your loving wife.
n Winifred Chidgey, dearly loved mother, remembered by Shelagh and Brian.
n Jack Chidgey, dearly loved father, remembered by Shelagh and Brian.
n Joan Chilton, a dear sister and aunt who passed away April 17, 2005. Fondly remembered and sadly missed, remembered by Peg and Peter Drake.
n Mr and Mrs J. S. Clark, dearly loved parents, remembered by Carole and Norman Cheek. David Michael Clarke, our precious son, always in our hearts, remembered by Pauline and Michael Clarke.: How you can join appeal:Between now and Christmas we're asking readers to back the appeal by buying a light. All the money raised will go to our Echo-Ty George Appeal to help run the new hospice care centre in Whitchurch, Cardiff.
Each light costs a minimum donation of pounds 5.
You can leave a message in memory of a loved one or a general message of support in the Light Up a Life Book of Remembrance kept alongside the tree. More messages from the Light Up a Life Book of Remembrance on Monday.
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|Publication:||South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)|
|Date:||Nov 12, 2005|
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