A terminally-ill Aberdeen woman has made artistic keepsakes for her five grandchildren so they never forget her.
June Hearle was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in February 2017 and has now been told she has a few months left to live.
The 53-year-old, of Cornhill, said she wants to ensure her loved ones remember her after she passes away.
She has spent the last few months attending art classes at Roxburghe House in the city, learning how to make creative crafts and has made some artistic frames for her grandchildren.
Made of beads and buttons in each of her five grandchildren’s favourite colours, the designs spell out their names and are presented in frames.
She has also written special letters to each of the youngsters to be opened when they get older.
“In the letters, I have told the children I love them to the moon and back.
“I see them two or three times a week and they light up my world,” said June.
“They have been an absolutely godsend.
“I don’t know if I would still be here without their support, or the support of my family,” said June, who has three children – Kenny, 33, Danny, 28, and Natasha, 23.
Kenny has three children – Emmie, 11, Eva, 6, and Olly, 5, while Danny has five-year-old twin boys, Jay and Aston.
June added: “I want to make sure they remember me and know that I will still love them even after I’ve passed away.
“I’ve always thought of it that love continues to grow and grow and me not being here won’t change that.”
June, who has undergone chemotherapy and surgery in an attempt to delay the spread of cancer, has this week been given a wheelchair as her mobility is decreasing.
Last month, June spent a week in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary after a build-up of fluid on her lungs and she faces daily struggles with her health.
To support her, June goes once a week to Roxburghe House, which is a specialist palliative care unit focusing on controlling symptoms of those with life-limiting illness.
June, who worked as a domestic at NHS Grampian’s Foresterhill site for 16 years before she fell ill, has thanked staff at Roxburghe House.
She said: “The staff and other visitors there are wonderful.
“You arrive, have a cup of coffee and a roll and a chat.
“The staff focus on helping you cope with everyday life. There is physio, help with preserving your energy and you can get advice about your diet.
“You can also spend time with a psychologist and they try to make it so you can stay independent for as long as possible.”
June added: “The main thing for me is there is always someone there for you if you need to talk, or cry or if you just want a hug.”
In the afternoon on Tuesdays, June joins in with the arts and crafts classes.
“It was my idea to make the frames but I got so much help from the art tutors there,” she said.
She added: “It took me quite a few months to get the detail right, as I had to glue all the buttons and beads and made sure they looked as good as possible.
“I was really pleased with the finished frames and the children loved them. They were telling me how clever they think their granny is. It was really nice.
“For me, the art class has been something positive for me to focus on at such a difficult time. I take comfort in knowing that the kids will have these keepsakes to remember me by as they grow up.
“I’ve decided to leave it up to their parents as to when is the right time for them to open the letters.”
June has also received support from her brother Robert Allan and sister Eileen Greaves.
Her family have been so appreciative of Roxburghe House they organised a fundraising night at Aberdeen FC’s Pittodrie Stadium on April 21.
Guests enjoyed music and dancing and took part in a raffle and auction, which raised more than £1,800 for Roxburghe House.
June’s daughter Natasha Hearle said: “It was a really nice night. We all wanted to give something back because the staff have been wonderful to my mum.
“She is a larger-than-life character and the children love her.
“I’m pleased Roxburghe have given her such a massive helping hand.”
Roxburghe House’s senior charge nurse Flora Watson said: “We are very grateful to the Hearle family for their support.
“In addition to the clinical services provided, we are able to offer a range of activities due to the support of Grampian Hospitals Arts Trust and Friends of Roxburghe House.
“The money raised helps to support these important aspects of care.”