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Remembering Cynthia through celebration and donations

24.10.19 Categories: Supporter stories,

Peter met Cynthia in 1980 when she was aged 38. She was already following her childhood dream by training to be a nurse at Guy’s Hospital. The couple married in 1982 and Guy’s and St Thomas’ remained a big part of their family life until Cynthia sadly passed away in 2018 aged 76.  

To celebrate Cynthia’s life, Peter has decided to include her name in the new Guy’s and St Thomas’ Online Remembrance Book. Cynthia’s name will be one of the first to be included in the book, which is a space where loved ones can celebrate the life of someone who is special to them.  

Cynthia’s story

Cynthia wanted to be a nurse from the age of eight. Inspired by her mother, who was also a nurse at Bolton General hospital. She trained at Guy’s Hospital and qualified in 1964, followed by another year so she could obtain the special recognition of her Guy’s Badge. This was an extra year of training completed after becoming a State Registered Nurse.  

‘Cynthia was very proud of being trained at Guy’s Hospital,’ says Peter. ‘She was a true nurse, giving her time and energy to people in a caring and compassionate way.’  

Cynthia’s career continued to flourish both overseas for four years as a senior nurse at a Missionary hospital for those with leprosy and at the Royal Marsden for seven years as a ward sister. There, she retrained to become a midwife and finally a Health Visitor.  

Guy’s and St Thomas’ also became a special place for the family again in 1981, when their youngest daughter, Susie, completed her medical training at Guy’s Hospital. She qualified as a physiotherapist and then gained a Master’s in pain control.  

The next time Cynthia returned to Guy’s and St Thomas’ she was as a patient at the Cancer Centre at Guy’s. Sadly, Cynthia passed away in August 2018.  

‘Everyone who knew Cynthia enjoyed her company,’ says Peter. ‘She was a truly unique person, always putting people before herself but most of all because she was my beloved, caring soulmate.’  

Supporting Guy’s and St Thomas’  

The couple were proud to support Guy’s and St Thomas’, and Peter wanted to pay tribute to Cynthia by asking people to donate to say thank to you the staff who cared for her, in her memory.  

‘We have supported Guy’s and St Thomas’ for years because Cynthia’s career started there, but I also wanted to let her many friends know about the Remembrance Book so they could also thank the staff who cared for her.  
‘Guy’s and St Thomas’ did what they could to treat Cynthia's very rare form of cancer, but it rapidly took over and curtailed her life. One which was, until her end, spent caring for others. So, I just wanted a way of saying, “Thank you”.’

Giving in a loved one’s memory can be a special way to honour them. It also ensures that Guy’s and St Thomas’ can provide extra special support to more families like Cynthia and Peter.  

Find out more about making a donation in someone’s memory, or you can add your loved one’s name to the Guy’s and St Thomas’ Remembrance Book here

Lead photo: Peter and Cynthia relaxing in the outdoors