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Daughter: 'Rainbow was my mum saying goodbye'

The photograph Melissa took Credit: MEN SYNDICATION

This picture of a rainbow over Bury Hospice was taken by Melissa Peters. She had arrived to visit her mother, Susan, who was being cared for at the centre. Before walking inside she took the photograph to show her mother.

Susan Peters Credit: MEN SYNDICATION

But moments later staff told her that her mother had died ten minutes earlier. Now the image is a poignant reminder of that day, and is displayed as a tribute to Susan in Melissa’s home.

Melissa Peters Credit: MEN SYNDICATION

Melisssa, a mother-of-three, is now in training to take part in the Hospice’s five kilometre run, called ‘Touch the Rainbow’, in her mother’s memory.

Melisssa, 28, said:

It’s my mum’s birthday the day after the event, so It will be a way to celebrate her birthday and do something special in her memory, as well as supporting the hospice.

It just seems so fitting that the rainbow appeared above the hospice the morning she died, and now the charity is having a ‘Touch the Rainbow’ run.

I signed up straightaway when I saw it, and I’m quite excited about it. I’ve got a few family and friends to join me on the day.

I think it will be emotional, but I am doing it for a great cause, and it makes me feel happy that I’m paying tribute to my mum, whilst also raising funds for the hospice which cared for her so well.

– Melissa Peters

Susan, 62, who lived in Radcliffe, worked in Morrisons in Ramsbottom.

She started feeling unwell in June last year. Tests revealed she had lung cancer which had spread to her lungs and abdomen.

She was admitted to the hospice, where Melissa and her three children would visit every day.

On the morning my mum passed away I was on my way to see her. When I arrived in the car park I saw a big rainbow over the building.

I took a picture to show her, but when I got inside the doctor took me to one side and told me the news.

It was really strange, but I feel like my mum sent me that rainbow.

– Melissa Peters

The 5k run takes place at Burrs Country Park on June 12th between 9am and 5pm to mark the 25th anniversary of the hospice. Registration is £20 and runners are encouraged to collect sponsorship. To sign up email michelleking@buryhospice.org.uk or call 0161 797 1748.