Mother-of-two who wed at local hospice just weeks before she died is remembered by proud parents as centre launches campaign to raise 15million
Georgie Boyd was married at her local hospice in July 2011 two months before she died
Staff and family decorated the hospice in purple, the bride's favourite colour
New campaign hopes to raise 15million to build a new home for the hospice
18:29 GMT, 12 November 2012
A terminally ill woman who married her partner in her local hospice after learning she only had two months left to live was remembered today as part of a fund-raising campaign.
Georgie Boyd, 31, and John McCauley wed at the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice in Glasgow in June 2011 two months before Georgie died as a result of her second brain tumour.
Knowing their time was more precious than most, the couple planned the wedding in a few days, decorating the building with candles and purple balloons, Georgie's favourite colour.
Recently a campaign to build a new home for the hospice, one of Glasgow's oldest, was launched as staff there aim to raise 15million to fund a new centre in nearby Bellahouston Park.
Terminally-ill Georgie married her boyfriend in hospital despite learning she only had two months left to live
The total project cost for Glasgow’s new Hospice is 18million, of which 3million has already been secured
And today's Georgie's mother, Liz Boyd, talked about how much the hospice meant to her daughter in her final months.
Liz, who was at home with Georgie when she died said: 'She would use the hospices' day service twice a week for eight months.
'She really looked forward to it and would have come here five days a week if she could – she loved it.
got involved in the art project and had her work displayed in the
Southern General. It was a confidence-building exercise with her because
her condition it had been wiped it away with her condition.
'She got her confidence back here and that was able to help her make her own choices and decisions.
'She felt safe at the hospice, they helped her to deal with things and she got so much joy out of coming here.'
Georgie and John wed at the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice while Georgie was suffering with her second brain tumour
her daughter's wedding day Liz said: 'Georgie loved it. I thought she would get tired, but she
lasted right to the end. She had a great day and that is what she
'It was unfortunate
she could not walk very well at that point and was in a wheelchair
before the service, but her father George and brother Jamie walked her
down the aisle, as it were.
'Georgie wanted to be able to walk and she achieved that with sheer determination.
Georgie's children from a previous marriage, 15-year-old Marc and 10-year-old Bethany, were by her side the whole time.
Liz said: 'It was just like any other wedding in the morning with glasses of champagne and everyone getting their hair and nails done, so there was a nice wee buzz in the house.
'We had tremendous support from Fairfield Bowling Club where we held the reception, everyone was marvellous.
'I was president the year Georgie passed away and for her wedding gift, the ladies did her wedding meal. The tables were all set out with lilac voile and purple swags and feathers, and vases of purple flowers and tea lights.
'Another friend did the disco and a girl I worked with made the wedding cake.
The couple spent the night in the Hilton Hotel, a gift from the hospice.
Friends and family, including Georgie's mother Liz, joined the couple in what was a day filled with love, hope and happiness
Georgie was 25 when she was diagnosed with her first brain tumour in 2005 after suffering with seizures and not feeling well.
Doctors at the Royal Infirmary discovered a shadow on her brain and performed surgery to remove the tumour.
Liz said: 'She was really strong. She had the surgery in the morning and I didn't think she would want to see anyone in the evening, but no, immediately out of the recovery room she told Joe, “Tell my mum to come up”.'
While she was in hospital Georgie had another seizure.
Liz said: 'It was clear by that time that the damage from the brain tumour was going to cause epilepsy which was, I would say at that point, the biggest problem because it took such a long time to get it stabilised.'
It took about 10 months for Georgie to recover from the surgery and for radiotherapy and seizures to settle down.
Liz said: 'She started to get a wee bit of quality of life back. She wasn't confident to go out on her own but she was able to move into her own house.'
Georgie knew there was nothing she could do to change it and tried to stay positive and fit in as much as she could
Liz said the family were devastated when Georgie was diagnosed with another brain tumour in 2009.
She said: 'She had more surgery in March last year and doctors removed what they could, but after only two months of chemotherapy they said there was nothing else they could do – it was a terminal prognosis, three months.
'Georgie knew there was nothing she could do to change it and tried to stay positive and fit in as much as she could.
'She knew there was no sense in getting really down because it was going to happen and she wanted to reassure the kids.
'She always kept them informed with what was happening and was very open.
'She didn't want to know how long she
had but she knew once she had the terminal prognosis that it would be
quite a short period of time.'
Georgie Boyd (top left) knew her time was more precious than most, so the couple planned the wedding within days, decorating the building with candles and purple balloons, Georgies favourite colour
The plans for a new hospice venue include direct access from patient bedrooms to the outdoors, and will be extremely beneficial for patients and their families.
Liz said: 'When Georgie was upstairs
in the ward, she would look out the window and would just want to go and
feel the wind and the rain, so that accessibility will make a big
difference to people.'
Rhona Baillie, chief executive of The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice, thinks it will be a huge step forward in in pallative care facilities.
She said: 'We will only be able to build a new Hospice for the people of Glasgow with their ongoing support and help. Not only will this enable us to further extend our existing services, it will allow us to provide much-needed provision of care to young people with life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses across the West of Scotland.
'We believe this development will be a major step forward in the provision of palliative care services to the people of Glasgow, and in particular will address a specific gap in the availability of care for young people who can be lost in the transition between children and adult health services.'