It is with sadness that we hear that Lynda Bellingham died last night after a long fight with cancer. The press release said she died peacefully in her husband’s arms, and for that we can be grateful.

Lynda was given an OBE for her work with charities, and here in Spain she was patron of Samaritans in Spain for several years. She began as Patron almost at the inception of Samaritans in Spain when it began as Costa Blanca Samaritans, remaining till just a few years ago when her work commitments became overwhelming for her and she felt she could no longer give the time she felt she should give them She became Patron of the Samaritans in Spain because, as she said, it offered a listening ear to people who so needed one when they really needed it.

Lynda’s own personal courage was manifest in her determined fight against cancer, dealing with the chemotherapy that was, as she said, so strong her body was protesting. Her personal decision to end the therapy in November and to hopefully have one last Christmas with her family was preempted by her sudden death. But even through all the pain, Lynda took time out to pre-record a farewell appearance on Loose Women where she told the world to grasp everything, to not be afraid and to enjoy all we can from our lives.

What a profound message to take into our lives. Lynda had this courage, but for some that courage eludes them and they need support. Some find it in family and friends, others in religion or work, but for a few these are not an option. If you feel in this position it would be a fitting tribute to Lynda and her courage, as well as a courageous thing for you to do for yourself to contact the Samaritans in Spain on 902 88 35 35. They also offer a drop in centre at Punta Marina shopping centre and email support on pat@samaritansinspain.com.

Her passing is a sad day, especially for Samaritans in Spain, but her life and courage is an inspiration to us all, and let us take that message forward. Thank you Lynda for all the love, courage and fun that you have bought into all our lives.

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