On a clear night when you can see the stars in the sky, there’s one that stands out and shines a little brighter than all the rest, that one is the one that holds a lot of love for both of us.
Every so often we are lucky enough to work with the same family, we often speak of our journeys and along the way have shared our stories of our time with them, we thought we’d share a very special one with you.
In January Ashley went to Newcastle, a job like any other, a family in need of a little help and support with an issue they were having, in this instance, weaning. It transpired that the family knew previous clients that we had both worked for.
Shortly after Ashley started with the family this gorgeous, smiley little baby boy, who was only eight months old and had already captured her heart in such a short time was diagnosed with Leukaemia. This was devastating news, but she was grateful to be able to share it with Claire and so begun their journey together with this incredible little boy, Hugo.
Ashley spent three months caring for Hugo, but had to leave to start her IVF treatment. Leaving both him and the family was very hard, but thankfully Claire was available and already knowing the background and having been an incredible emotional support to Ashley, she continued with them for nine weeks supporting them through his treatment in hospital.
Throughout this brave boys journey we got to see the most amazing strength, love and affection from both him and his family. The nurses that cared for him couldn't help but be touched by this precious little boy.
We both found it impossible not to love Hugo; his endless cuddles, his infectious smile that understandably went away for a while, his gentle touch when he took something from you in his hands and the way he would hold your hair and pull you towards him so your heads touched. These are things we will never forget.
We wish we could tell you that this story has a happy ending, but sadly in June, after he fought as bravely as he could, Hugo passed away in the presence of his loved ones.
We are joining the family this week to scatter Hugo’s ashes in a place that is dear to them. We are forever grateful to the family for allowing us to have been a part of their little boy’s life that ended far too soon. Hugo was so special; he will always be in our hearts and of course there when we look up at the stars.