A Solihull grandmother who discovered she had four separate cancers just weeks before she died had her last wish granted when she tied the knot in hospital two weeks before she passed away.
Doctors discovered Kim Tranter had two brain tumours, lung and throat cancer just seven weeks before her death on February 7 last year.
Tragically, Kim also missed out on the birth of her second granddaughter, Poppy, who was born on the day of her funeral, on February 21.
Poppy is the daughter of her son, Andy Smith.
Kim, aged 56, found love with 34-year-old Carla Tranter a few months before she became ill and it was their wish to get married before Kim passed away.
The couple had a ceremony with close family in the Queen Elizabeth hospital in Birmingham.
And now Carla and Kim’s daughter, 27-year-old Laura Smith, are raising money for the Marie Curie Hospice, where Kim passed away.
The pair, who have remained friends since Kim’s death, have already raised £10,000 in Kim’s memory and they plan to climb Kilimanjaro together to mark the first anniversary of her death.
“It has been a whirlwind really,” said Laura, who has a five-year-old daughter called Jessica.
“So many things have happened at once but the fundraising and looking after my daughter has kept my mind focused. Jess’s birthday was the day after my mum passed away.
“She’s only young and so I had to put a brave face on for her,” Laura added.
“It was hard but there was no way we could not have celebrated it. Balloons went up and we had to try and carry on as normal.”
Kim, who worked as a teacher in Birmingham, had kidney failure and it is thought that this condition ‘masked’ the cancers.
“Mum started feeling ill for a while but it wasn’t quite clear what was wrong with her. It was only weeks between diagnosis and her passing away.
“My mum was just a fantastic person.
“She was always up for a laugh and full of life.
“Mum and Jess were really close and so this has hit my daughter quite hard.”
Laura and Carla wanted to raise money for the hospice following the high standard of care Kim received just before she died.
“The hospice staff do an amazing job and we wanted to support the work they do,” Laura added.
Laura also helps out at the hospice and spends time with some of the patients there.
“I just wanted to give something back and help others in similar situations.”
Laura and Carla have also organised a charity ball at Edgbaston Cricket Club on February 28 in Kim’s memory.
* The fundraising link for kilimanjaro is: www.justgiving.com/kilimanjarolauracarla