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Stratford woman whose mum had a fatal stroke on her wedding day scoops national award

PUBLISHED: 15:05 22 November 2018 | UPDATED: 09:09 23 November 2018

Stepehn K Amos, Marvin Fray, Bethany Foley, Marcia Holmes and Warwick Davis. Picture: STROKE ASSOCIATION

Stepehn K Amos, Marvin Fray, Bethany Foley, Marcia Holmes and Warwick Davis. Picture: STROKE ASSOCIATION

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A woman whose mother died after having a stroke on her wedding day has scooped a national award.

It was meant to be one of the happiest days in Stratford-based Marcia Holmes’s life, but when mum-of-three Jean collapsed on the day she tied the knot it turned into one of the saddest.

The next day Jean died. She was 60-years-old.

Marcia said: “Our mother was the kindest person we ever knew. She was full of love and such an inspiring and supportive mother to us.

“What keeps me going is that mum had a really good party on her last day and was the happiest I’ve ever seen her.”

Sadly, the 32-year-old didn’t get the chance to say goodbye but she shared a letter with Jean explaining her feelings.

“She knew how much I loved her,” Marcia said.

But tragedy struck again when Jean’s mother, Audrey, had a stroke on the day she buried her daughter.

“To also lose our grandmother was just heart-breaking. As a family we knew we have to do something in tribute to these two incredible women,” Marcia said.

So she and her siblings, Marvin and Bethany, threw themselves into raising more than £30,000 and awareness for the charity, Stroke Association, including running in the Great South Run.

And for all the trio’s hard work they were awarded the charity’s life after stroke award by Stephen K Amos and Warwick Davis at a special awards ceremony at the Landmark Hotel in Marylebone on Wednesday (November 21).

Marcia said: “We feel proud of everything we’ve achieved so far and absolutely over the moon to win the award.

“We knew that our mother and grandmother were with us on the night. We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate two wonderful ladies.”

Stroke Association fundraiser, Tammy Angus, said: “I nominated Marcia and her siblings because of their strength, dedication and passion. Their devotion has been inspirational for us as a charity to watch over the past year.

Mr Davis said: “It’s humbling to see how they have turned such a heart wrenching tragedy into a chance to give back and give thanks.”

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