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DAUGHTER'S HEADSTONE HEARTACHE; UNMARKED GRAVE Fundraising appeal for tribute to 'mum' Headstone heartache.

Jackie Grant A Dumfries woman is appealing for help to pay for a headstone to mark her mum's grave.

Nicola Craig died from cancer, aged just 37, in November, 2015, when her daughter Courtney was 17 and son Finlay aged just two.

Since then Courtney has been devastated not just at the loss of her "best pal" but also because she hasn't been able to afford to buy a headstone for Nicola.

She said: "It breaks my heart having to go to the cemetery and there's no headstone for mum."

Last week, her friend Charmaine Yard set up a fundraising appeal in a bid to get Nicola "the headstone she deserves".

Charmaine said: "As one of Courtney's best friends, I was lucky to know Nicola personally.

"She was one of the most beautiful people you could ever meet and would do anything for anyone.

"Nicola was buried at St Michael's alongside her father Thomas but doesn't have a headstone.

"Courtney has been struggling with not being able to get this for her mum and would be so grateful if everyone could help.

TURN TO PAGE 4 FROM PAGE 1 "Since her mum passed, she's had a lot of responsibility at a young age.

"I would love for this weight to be lifted from her shoulders and for her and her family to have somewhere to mark her mum's final resting place."

Courtney, a support practitioner for Richmond Fellowship, thought she'd be able to save money from her wages every month for the headstone but said: "It's not easy when you've got rent and bills to pay.

"I thought I'd be able to afford it myself some day but time is going by and I'm getting nowhere.

28 "I'm quite a private person and didn't want people to think this fundraising effort was scrounging money from people but when Charmaine told me what she wanted to do, I thought it was the only way it was going to happen."

51: 14: 2013 04, Dec " Courtney, from Lochside, also wants her mum to have a headstone for the sake of wee brother Finlay, who lives with gran Alison Craig.

Date: Composite; "Mum found out she had cancer just after Finlay was born and six weeks after she died, her older sister Michelle also died of cancer", she said.

Plate: mm); "My gran has been through so much heartache, I don't know how she manages to get out of bed in the morning.

150.00 x "It breaks my heart having to go to the cemetery and there's no headstone for mum. It feels like she's not there because there's nothing to mark that she is.

31.00 Format:( "Finlay sees the picture of our papa on his headstone and knows he's 1; Page: there but when I tell him mummy's there too, he says 'no she's not' because he can't see her picture.

pdf; "There's no space to add mum's name on to my papa's headstone.


INT_ "Mum was my best pal; the centre of my life and she was most proud of me and Finlay.

15x1_ GEN_ "After everything she went through, the least she deserves is to have a headstone."

Document: " If anyone would like to make a donation towards a headstone for Nicola, please visit



Friends Courtney Craig, right, with Charmaine Yard who set up the appeal

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Publication:Dumfries and Galloway Standard (Dumfriesshire, Scotland)
Date:Mar 13, 2018
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