Susie Royal with a picture of her and her mum Susan York. Pictures: Ian Burt

A Gaywood woman was left heartbroken after her mum died just days after testing positive for Covid.

And now, 10 months on, Susie Royal is fundraising to create  a small memorial garden in honour of those who have lost their lives due to coronavirus.

She is aiming to raise £1,500 for a bench with some yellow hearts – the symbol of “grieving together” and “remembering those who have died of COVID-19” as well as some rose bushes.

“I want people to know they are not alone and there’s more than 100,000 of us that have lost somebody due to Covid,” said Mrs Royal.

“I don’t want mum’s name on it or anything, just somewhere for people to go and sit and gather their thoughts.”

Mrs Royal with her mum and her sister Victoria York-Harrod.

Mrs Royal, her husband Adam and daughter Maisie, lived with her mum, Susan York, 62, who suffered from multiple sclerosis, asthma and type 2 diabetes, which were all said to be under control.

But last April, mum-of-three Mrs York was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital at King’s Lynn after becoming unwell and she tested positive for COVID-19.

“The doctors were optimistic as she was stable,” said Mrs Royal, who is a primary school cover supervisor. 

But, within less than a week, Mrs York, who was married to Les, 70, deteriorated and died on the morning of April 24.

Mrs Royal said: “It was very sudden that we lost her, we didn’t get chance to say goodbye.”

If her fundraising is successful, Mrs Royal hopes some space for a memorial garden could be made available at Lynn’s Tower Gardens.

Susie Royal at Tower Gardens where Mrs Royal hopes space could be made available for the memorial garden. Pictures: Ian Burt

Mrs Royal said she thinks her mum would be proud of her project and said she misses her mum deeply.

“I always think, what would mum say. She was the matriarch of the family,” she said.

“Grief is a major thing, no matter how you lose someone. And I just want people to know that they are not on their own.”

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