In Memory of Patricia Tickner

As many of you will already be aware our Nanny, Patricia Tickner, passed away on 27th June 2020 after a brave and unrelenting fight with Cancer. 

Nanny was truly inspirational person who really touched the lives of everyone she met. She had the most amazing sense of humour and really was the strongest person we have ever met. We are so lucky to be able to call her our family and she has left us with so many memories that we will cherish forever. 

Nan has always been dedicated to just being there for everyone and doing anything and everything she could - if you needed anything or wanted to talk to anyone she was the woman that so many of us turned to. 

She was born 17th April 1939. She lived through so many challenges and always came out fighting. She never gave up, she never admitted defeat and she battled on through everything, conquering everything she did. Even in 2008, at aged 69, she completed and was awarded a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) after spending years studying. Just one of her many achievements.

Patricia had 4 children: Kris, Graham, Carolyne and Georgina. Over the last 5 years she  has lost 2 of her daughters, Carolyne and Georgina - something a parent should never have to face.  Her other two children, Kris and Graham live in Australia and we know how proud she was of them both in all that they have achieved. 
She has left behind 10 grandchildren: Dale, Sally, Jimi, Sam, Bodie, Sara, Laura, Kieran, Carrie-Anne and Luke. 
Also missing her are her 13 great-grandchildren: Duke,  Bonnie, Jax, Brody, Ivy, Katalina, Vinnie, Jamie, Jenson, Ebony, Esmae, Max and Travis.
But this doesn't even touch the surface of all of the people who cared and whose lives she make a difference to.

Patricia has battled cancer 3 times now, third time unlucky in her case but she fought it with such elegance and determination.

She was a widow from 2003, when her husband George died. In the recent years since she met another man who stole her heart, Alan, and they were a power couple, they loved each other but unfortunately he lost his own battle with cancer in January 2020. Losing him hit her harder than even she expected.

Patricia was always the life and soul and loved donating to charity in as many ways as she could, she ran as Chair and Treasury of her local Village Hall for many years and put so much into everything she did for them.

Patricia spent her last day at Arthur Rank Hospice with her granddaughters Carrie-Anne and Laura by her side in her final moments. The Hospice was beautiful and warm and tranquil and the environment and the staff helped her spend her last moments in peace, comfort and dignity. Three things that anyone could want during the passing of someone they love. 

So in her memory, we would like to give back to the place that helped us look after her and helped to put a smile on her face that final day with us.
So please, if you can we know times are hard at the moment, even if it is £1, help us raise some money for these wonderful people who face death all day, everyday but still manage a smile for the families.

More information about Arthur Rank Hospice Charity: Arthur Rank Hospice supports people in Cambridgeshire living with an advanced serious illness or a life-limiting condition and those who need end-of-life care. Our outstanding services are provided free of charge to patients and their families. Our aim is to provide the highest quality care, helping them to make every moment count. For further information, please visit


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