A grieving mum sobbed when she found a heartwarming last gesture from her daughter, days after she died aged just 29.
Natalie Hilton was diagnosed with Bulbar Palsy, a Motor Neurone Disease in December 2018.
She had been trying to complete a bucket list of wishes before her health deteriorated further during lockdown.
Despite a brave battle she died on June 16, Cheshire Live reports.
Mum Marie from Warrington said: “I was holding her hand and watching her and saw her take her last breath.
“We knew she was dying but you are never prepared.”
Marie said her eldest daughter began to slur her speech in May 2018 and went to the doctors after having to leave her job.
After undergoing several tests in the December at Warrington Hospital she was told she had two to three years to live because she had progressive Bulbar Palsy Motor Neurone Disease.
Before her tragic diagnosis, Natalie worked full-time at a call centre in Runcorn and lived in a flat in Warrington, with her three cats.
The family began to see a deterioration in Natalie as the UK entered lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Marie said: “I think she deteriorated so much more with isolation, she had nothing to live for so to speak, nothing to look forward to.
“She had to be shielded but Natalie was dying and needed to see her family, especially her newborn niece and other niece and nephew…so it’s fair to say rules were broken.
“But Natalie didn’t have time and we all stayed at home so she was safe.”
Natalie was tested twice for coronavirus and the results came back negative on both occasions.
In her final year living independently, Natalie wanted to fulfil a bucket list of wishes including doing a skydive with her dad, going abroad for the first time and swimming with sharks.
Marie said because of the pandemic and the way her illness took hold, Natalie couldn’t complete all of the items on the bucket list – but did most of them.
She added: “She did most of her list but there were a couple she couldn’t do due to her health in the end which was shark and dolphin swimming and going to Australia.
“I did fundraisers to have a fund to send her on holidays as she had never been away abroad.”
Among the items on her bucket list that Natalie experienced were a skydive with her dad at 11,000ft, jet-skiing in Greece, a holiday in Malaga and a trip to Venice with her mum.
Natalie, who has left behind two sisters and a brother, loved to go and stay in a log cabin in Wales which included an open fire, hot tub and great views.
However Natalie also had another wish, that her mum Marie said she knew nothing about.
Before Natalie died she had set up a Go Fund Me Page to take her mum to Rome.
The mum said she had no idea her daughter had set up the page and “sobbed” when she read what she had written.
Marie said: “I I sobbed when I read it the other day. She had wrote about how I deserve it because I’ve given up my business and job to care for her every day, all day.”
Describing her daughter she added: “Natalie was sassy, blunt, she would tell you how it is, beautiful, gorgeous, outgoing, independent, loving in her own way.
“She didn’t do hugs but towards the end she wanted hugs and her hand to be held.
“She just wanted to work, look after her cats and she loved nothing better on her day off than clearing her whole flat with music on.
“She loved music and watching films with her family and sleepovers with her niece, who is five.”
Following her tragic death Natalie’s best friend Joanne Lawson set up a Go Fund Me page to help cover funeral costs and support the family during this difficult time.
The page reads: “If I can help lift any stress from her parents on raising money for her funeral arrangements I will. I’d be forever grateful to anyone who can donate during this sad time.
“Unfortunately there is no cure for MND and these unfortunate people just suffer. I don’t want her family to suffer anymore with extra costs when they’ve just lost their daughter.”