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Carer’s tears as she reads last letter ‘to perfect gran’

‘Emotional’: Carer (left) reads to Mrs Grainger (below) with daughter Rhona PICTURES: SWNS

A CARER was moved to tears as she read a granddaughter’s ‘goodbye’ letter to her dying grandma.

Laura Dunn-Green was filmed reading the message to Peggy Grainger, who suffered from Covid-19 symptoms, two days before her death.

In a farewell letter to the 86-year-old dementia sufferer, Gemma Gunter wrote: ‘I am so extremely proud to call you my grandma. You have been amazing, always making everything perfect for us. You are the most kind and sweet lady I have ever, and will ever, meet.

‘If there’s one thing I am happy about, it is that you have finally found peace.’

It ended: ‘We’re so sorry we can’t be with you as you take your final breaths but we know the carers, who have done such an amazing job of looking after you, will be there with you.

‘We’re all there next to you in spirit and will be forever. Good night and sleep well.’

Mother-of-two Mrs Gunter, who had not been able to visit her grandmother during lockdown, wrote the letter earlier this month. When Mrs Grainger took a turn for the worse on April 11, staff at Philia Lodge Rest Home, in Peterborough, where she had lived since 2016, filmed Ms Dunn-Green reading it to her.

Mrs Gunter, 37, of Sleaford, Lincolnshire, said: ‘It was very hard seeing the carer read the letter. I decided to write it after realising I was not going to be able to say goodbye to my grandma.

‘We had talks with her about “the end” because of her dementia. The carers did everything they could for her and us.’

Her mother Rhona White, Mrs Grainger’s daughter, said seeing the carer read the letter was ‘very emotional’. Mrs Grainger is survived by two children, five grandchildren and seven great-grandsons.

Carer Ms Dunn-Green told ITV: ‘I’ll miss her every day. Being here won’t be the same without her.’