Last year the Swindon Advertiser asked its readers to nominate people they believed deserved a treat over the festive period.
73 year old Yvonne Woolf was put forward by her granddaughter Kimberley Newbold, who asked for one simple thing: help allow Yvonne to return one last time to her beloved Gala Bingo hall in Greenbridge.
This was something Yvonne she had not been able to do since being diagnosed with lung and brain cancer in August 2013.
Thanks to the Christmas Wish Appeal, Yvonne got to spend an unforgettable day at the bingo with her family by her side and made a precious memory to hold on to.
“She had been through a hell of a lot”, said granddaughter Kimberley, 32, of Rodbourne.
“She was absolutely mad for bingo and she used to go every week, but when she was diagnosed she found it difficult to go.
“Going to bingo seems like a small thing, but it was what she loved. She really enjoyed it and we can’t thank the Adver enough.”
A great-grandmother of seven, grandmother-of-15 and mother-of-four, Yvonne was accompanied on her bingo visit by Kimberley and another granddaughter, Danielle Bird.
They were seated at a VIP table in front of the stage and served champagne along with a complimentary two-course dinner.
A £100 shopping spree in Matalan was another treat given to Yvonne, and this was where she ended up picking out an outfit especially for her trip to the bingo hall.
She passed away surrounded by her family shortly afterwards, on 12th February.
What started as a Christmas Wish for Yvonne also ended up being a gift for Kimberley as it is now one of her most treasured memories of her caring grandmother.
“When we speak of the last memories we have of Nan, we all go back to that day at the bingo. It was amazing she was able to have that moment of joy.”
Although this is a very bittersweet story, we can’t help but feeling a little uplifted by the fact that Yvonne got to do the thing she loved for the very last time before she sadly passed away. Our thoughts remain with her loved ones.