Family's mission to achieve Whaplode woman's final wish
A devastated family has been overwhelmed by people offering help to fulfil the final wish of a wife and mother who died suddenly on Saturday.
Rachel Carter, from Whaplode, suffered a brain aneurysm, leaving behind her husband Daniel and her five children.
Daniel is awaiting a kidney transplant and was due to receive a donation from his wife.
He currently has to travel to hospital three times a week for dialysis treatment, but family members have launched a campaign to raise £5,000 to enable him to have this treatment at home with his family - and fulfil Rachel’s last wish.
Rachel’s brother in law Robert Carter says the family are devastated by Rachel’s sudden death.
He said: “We are all heartbroken, and what happened to Rachel could happen to any of us.
“It all happened very quickly. She was in her 40s and it was such a big shock to us all. We are devastated.
“We are now dedicated to making Rachel’s wish of enabling Daniel to have his dialysis at home come true.
“Not only is Daniel unwell, but their daughter Lily (15) has recently had a kidney transplant too so it’s been a very difficult time for them all.”
The family has also battled Covid-19, with Daniel becoming severely ill last year while waiting for his own kidney transplant.
Rachel had hoped to donate a kidney to her husband, but in the meantime had been working hard to make alterations at the family’s home in order to facilitate Daniel’s dialysis sessions, for which he currently travels to Peterborough City Hospital three times a week.
Of the fundraising, Robert said: “We have been absolutely amazed by how kind people can be, some people have donated hundreds to help. People have really opened their hearts to us and any donation of any size has been and will be a huge help to us.
“We really want to get the house done up because it will be a huge help to Dan and the kids.
“This was Rachel’s dream and we want to make it come true now. We also need to organise Rachel’s funeral, so we will be putting some money towards that too.
“We want to give her the send off she thoroughly deserves as she would have done the same for any of us. She is still helping people now as she was an organ donor. We will always be proud of her.”
To donate, visit www.gofundme.com/f/in-memory-of-rachel-carter?