T Minus 24 Hours

It’s Tuesday morning here at home with Jenny and our dogs.  Tomorrow morning everything changes again, as the day of her funeral will have arrived.  The last week was initially full of organising followed, over the weekend, with a steady stream of visitors who wanted to say their farewells to Jenny.  There are still a few loose ends to tie up today before things commence early tomorrow and I thought I’d clarify all the details:-

Church Service @ St. Peter’s Church, Church Road, Woolton, Liverpool L25 6DA

The service is due to commence at 9.30am and Jenny will arrive by horse-drawn carriage from our house, accompanied by 1 family car.  For everyone attending the service, parking is limited and I would suggest that the best place to park is over towards the Woolton Woods on High Street which will also allow for easy departure after the service.  Next to the church is a primary school which is likely to be busy around the 8.45-9.10am period.  The road is normally quite busy and very tight with parked cars, so I urge everyone to arrive no later than 9am.  As Jenny is travelling by carriage, anyone who would like to see her arrive can wait outside the church, however once she has arrived we would like everyone to make their way into the church whilst the bearers organise themselves.  Jenny will then follow everyone into the church.  We are on a tight time schedule and therefore it is important that we commence the service as close to 9.30am as possible and therefore everyone’s co-operation, with regards to taking their seats, is appreciated.  The service is scheduled to last less than 1 hour which will then allow everyone plenty of time to travel to Landican cemetery.  It maybe worth considering an umberella in case of rain, especially if you are planning to attend the burial.

A location map for the church can be viewed here.

Burial @ Landican cemetery, Arrowe Park Road, Woodchurch, Wirral CH49 5LW (off Junction 3 M53)

Following the completion of the service Jenny will be transported, via hearse, to Landican cemetery on the Wirral.  This is about a 30-35 minute drive from Woolton and the best route is via the new mersey tunnel (Kingsway).  There are no planned closures of either tunnel during the day but the Kingsway tunnel is scheduled to be closed from 7.30pm on Wednesday 29th.  There is a toll fee of £1.50 each way which is payable on the Wirral side of the tunnel and I think it is cash only.   The burial is scheduled for 11.30am and is an open invite for everyone with no restrictions at all.  There is no service at Landican and all proceedings will be graveside.  Landican is a big cemetery, but parking can be difficult on busy days.  You should be able to park within the grounds of the cemetery, but please allow enough time to walk to the graveside.

A location map for the cemetery can be viewed here.

Wake @ Brook Meadow Hotel, Heath Lane, Childer Thornton, Wirral CH66 7NS

After the short burial at Landican, everyone is welcome to the wake at Brook Meadow (about a 20 minute drive) to celebrate Jenny’s life and swap fond memories.  The easiest way to get there from Landican is to turn right out of the cemetery and return to the M53 at junction 3, head southbound towards Chester and exit at Junction 5.  The location is the same venue as our marriage and light refreshments will be served once everyone has arrived.  The hotel is expecting people from noon.

A location map for the hotel can be viewed here.

The funeral is an all black affair and everyone is welcome throughout the whole day.  I hope to see as many people as possible and finally put some faces to names.  I’d like to thank everyone for their support throughout the last 4 years.  Jenny touched so many people and had such positive impacts on many lives. I know her spirit and courage will continue for a long time to come.

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  10. Stephen and Tara Gidus

    HI Andy-
    We just returned to Germany today and learned of Jenny’s passing. We just spent time reading all of your recent posts with tissues in hand. Even though we didn’t get to know Jenny well, we can see how many people she touched. We completely agree with you that we, too, feel that cancer has been a gift and has blessed us. It’s way too easy to go through life with blinders on, being “busy” and not paying attention to the things that matter most. You and Jenny are an inspiration to everyone you’ve met, and you are living your new mission of informing people of the heart wrenching pain that cancer brings, but you’ve so eloquently shown how cancer can open hearts. Thank you for opening yours to us and everyone reading your posts. We are still “Keeping The Faith” that Stephen is going to beat this. Love to you and may Jenny’s memory be eternal!

  11. Stewart and Michelle

    Andy, sorry we can’t be there today but our thoughts and prayers are with you, Jenny’s family and your family.
    Take care
    Stewart (Smiley) and Michelle xx

  12. Jill hamiltn

    Jen’s spirit and courage will live on forever. Both you and Jenny have changed my life so much, I am so glad I met Jenny and got to enjoy such a wonderful friendship for so many years and as a result of that I now have you. I am blessed. See you tomorrow, big hugs. Xxxx

  13. Mike McEwan

    Andy, I was gutted when I heard about Jenny. Fiona and I only got to know you both during your time at the clinic, but in that time you both made such a lasting and positive impression on us. Jenny’s courage, strength, and determination to fight on were so evident from that first time we met. And your endless love and support that was such an inspiration to everyone else. Your ability to continue to help others, all the while being there for Jenny, was appreciated by many at the clinic, and I know that I always felt better knowing that you were around for Fiona when I couldn’t be in Germany myself. You’ve both been, and continue to be, an inspiration to so many people.
    We’ll be thinking of you, and saying a prayer, tomorrow morning.

  14. June

    Andrew once again thank you for all your efforts at this difficult time in keeping all of us informed about arrangements following Jenny’s final resting place…You are in our thoughts and we hold fond memories of Jenny, who will now rest in peace……xxxx

  15. I’m sorry I can’t be there Andy, but I will be thinking of you and the rest of Jenny’s family and friends. I hope you’re able to celebrate her life and the many wonderful ways she touched us all. With very best wishes from Brighton xx

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