A DAUGHTER is organising a glitzy ball to thank a hospice for its support when her mother was dying.

Jade Horn’s mum Susan Meadows was diagnosed with lung cancer in November 2016.

Four weeks before her death, she had been receiving 24 hour care at St Helena Hospice in Colchester.

Jade, 28, from Old Heath, Colchester, said she would not have coped without the support of her mum’s carers.

Grandmother Susan died September last year, aged 64.

Mrs Horne said: “Mum was given between two and 12 months to live after diagnosis.

She managed ten months.

“About nine months in she went into the hospice. They were amazing, they helped me tell my children, helped with the funeral, and provided 24 hour care. They also helped me with counselling.”

Jade has a friend who has organised three successful charity balls for Macmillan and she asked if this year the ball could be in aid of St Helena Hospice.

She said: “Mum had been having chemotherapy, she was quite unwell and before it could be caught it had spread to her brain.

“I had been taking her back and forth to the doctors, she had been having head and chest pains.

“The last appointment I took her to, she was prescribed anti-depressants.

“She also said she had tension in her head and they prescribed her anti-dandruff shampoo.”

A few days after her last doctor’s appointment Jade took Susan to hospital and she was diagnosed with cancer three hours later.

Jade said: “The hospice is in a different league, my shoulders dropped when she went in there as it meant I could relax and that pressure was taken away.”

The Star of Hope Winter Ball will take place on November 24 at the Marks Tey Hotel.

Tickets are £45 and include a three course meal, entertainment and auction. For tickets call 07733 334767.

To donate visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jadehorne.