Aileen and her family always spend the festive season together. Following her mum’s death, Aileen shares the traditions they’ve upheld in her memory.
“Christmas has always been a family affair. Everyone descends on my house, but mum was always at the centre of our celebrations. She loved being surrounded by her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
“Mum died at the beginning of December 2017 and the first year’s festivities were difficult as it was hard having Christmas celebrations without her. Donating to the Bauble Appeal is a fitting tribute to mum at Christmas.
“Mum had been poorly for a while before her diagnosis. In hindsight, there were gradual signs something wasn’t
right. At the time, we put it down to her getting older but when the falls began, we sought help.
“We’d never heard of PSP before, but we were lucky the neurologist signposted us onto PSPA and we reached out
straight away. PSPA were not only a listening ear, they also made sure healthcare professionals involved in mum’s
care had plenty of information and were educated about PSP too.
“Even though mum is no longer with us, she is still a part of our Christmas. I still use her recipes and donating to
PSPA’s Bauble Appeal helps keep mum’s memory alive. It also means I can support the charity who were there for
us following mum’s diagnosis.
“Seeing the photo of the PSPA Christmas tree, with my bauble dedicated to mum included on the branches, means
a lot to me. It is definitely a tradition I will keep going for mum.”