At just 33, cancer cruelly took children’s nurse Heidi Taylor’s life.
She dedicated her life to making children better, but in another tragic twist, was never able to fulfil her dream of being a mum.
Now just months after Scarborough-born Heidi’s death, her family are trying to make sure her love of children never dies.
The Heidi Taylor Brighter Future Fund has been created to raise money to help poorly children.
It is Heidi’s legacy, and husband Simon said she is caring for children in death just like she did in life.
“Her life was children,” he said. “She gave everything she had for them so this is what she would have wanted.”
On Christmas Eve 2014, she went to hospital with persistent headaches only to be rushed under the knife for a brain haemorrhage.
Shortly after she was told she had a brain tumour. Doctors said it was incurable.
For the next 11 months she fought with all she had, an inspiration to loved ones as she battled tooth and nail to hang onto the life she loved living.
However, on November 4, she lost that fight.
“Heidi lived each day to the fullest, putting others first and looking after those around her, always with a big smile on her face,” said Simon.
“She was the most loving, kind, considerate people I’ve ever met in my life.
“Her smile was infectious and she had a loving heart.”
It was a heartbreaking end to a life that had at times been plagued with heartbreak.
After marrying university sweetheart Simon in 2007 at a Scalby service, the couple tried for a child, even going through costly rounds of IVF treatment.
Sadly, she was told they couldn’t conceive.
Not to be deterred from fulfilling her dream of being a mum, the couple planned to adopt.
However, just weeks before she was to be given the green light, she learned about the cancer that would take her life.
It dashed forever her hope of being a mum.
“She dedicated her life to children, she loved them,” said Simon, adding his late wife dreamt of being a paediatric nurse as a child.
As a young girl growing up in Scarborough, she would even practice her skills on her brothers.
But besides dreaming of nursing, she also dreamed of being a mother.
“It was so hard to be told we couldn’t have children, but it just made her more focussed on helping others,” Simon added.
“Heidi was completely dedicated to frontline nursing and was passionate about providing the best care possible to the children on the ward.”
As such, Simon set the fund up to ensure those Heidi’s caring spirit lives on forever.
To date over £2,200 has been raised for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, a cause close to her heart.
More money is expected to flood in this year in her memory, with several events set to be held around Hull.
She moved to study there as an 18-year-old, eventually working at Hull Royal Infirmary.
However her home town never left the former Scarborough Sixth Form and Scalby pupil’s heart, and her funeral was at the same village church she married in.
And what would have been her 34th birthday will be celebrated on March 12, with a tea party in her adopted home of Hull.
The fundraising feast will aim to raise more cash for the fund, but also acts as both a chance for colleagues who couldn’t attend her funeral to give her a send off and a celebration of her life.
There are plans for Scarborough fundraising events later this year, while Simon and Heidi’s brothers plan on scaling the near-10,000ft Mount Triglav, Slovenia’s biggest mountain.
With all of these events planned, it’s hoped thousands more can be raised but Simon added: “At the moment we haven’t set a monetary goal, we just want people to donate as often as they can and whatever they can.”
“We just want some good fun events to keep the spirit she lived her life by alive.
“Through this the positive legacy of our beautiful Heidi will live on.”
Please visit www.justgiving.com/HeidiTaylorBFF to donate.