Terminally Ill Doncaster Man get the ride of his life in a Mercedes AMG

Colin Lee, 62, who is more used to driving a cement truck as a former lorry driver, got to be chauffeured around in a Mercedes AMG SL 500. Colin recently moved in with his sister Gina Daily after being diagnosed with four brain tumours, which are advanced and untreatable. A nurse at St John’s Hospice who regularly visits Colin at home asked if there was anything she could do to help him, he chirpily said: “Well I don’t suppose you can but I have always had at the top of my bucket list a wish for a ride in a supercar.”

With the help of Respect Woodland Green Burials, a supercar was arranged to pick Colin up and take him for a spin. Gin said that Colin had been eagerly waiting with a big beaming smile for the car to arrive and when Rudy Micallef, who owns the very special wide bodied Merc turned up, he was over the moon and just could not thank Rudy and Respect enough saying: “It was absolutely smashing and a privilege to be in such a supercar.” He continued: “It was absolutely brilliant. I’ve been in all sorts of transport before, tanks, helicopters, but this was the bee’s knees. It was fast.” Gina said: “He had such a grin on his face from the moment it arrived until he got out of it.

MD said of Respect

Please accept my grateful thanks to you both for the sympathetic and truly professional way you have shown in arranging everything so easily for me.

I am very grateful to you both.



Originally printed on March 17, 2016 in the Hull Daily Mail.
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BRODIE Geoffrey Ralph Age 68 years. Passed away on 13th March 2016 in Scunthorpe General Hospital. Born on Beverley Road in Hull. Loving Husband of Elizabeth. “There you are love, I put you in the Daily Mail. It’s what you wanted”. Life will never be the same without you. Funeral to be held on Tuesday 22nd March at 12.45p.m. at Respect Green Burial Park, Dring Lane, Laughton, Lincs. All enquiries: Respect Direct Funeral Services. 01427 612992

What was your loved ones number one in the year they were born?       

1952        Al Martino                           “Here in My Heart”        

1953       Frankie Laine                     “Answer Me”   

1954       Winifred Atwell                “Let’s Have Another Party”         

1955       Dickie Valentine               “Christmas Alphabet”   

1956       Johnnie Ray                        “Just Walkin’ in the Rain”             

1957       Harry Belafonte                 “Mary’s Boy Child”          

1958       Conway Twitty                  “It’s Only Make Believe”              

1959       Emile Ford and The Checkmates               “What Do You Want to Make Those Eyes at Me For?”    

1960       Cliff Richard and The Shadows   “I Love You”      

1961       Danny Williams                “Moon River”   

1962       Elvis Presley                       “Return to Sender”        

1963       The Beatles                        “I Want to Hold Your Hand”        

1964       The Beatles                        “I Feel Fine”      

1965       The Beatles                        “Day Tripper” / “We Can Work It Out”

1966       Tom Jones                          “Green, Green Grass of Home”

1967       The Beatles                        “Hello, Goodbye”           

1968       The Scaffold                       “Lily the Pink”   

1969       Rolf Harris                           “Two Little Boys”             

1970       Dave Edmunds                  “I Hear You Knocking”   

1971       Benny Hill                            “Ernie (The Fastest Milkman in the West)”          

1972       Jimmy Osmond                 “Long Haired Lover from Liverpool”

1973       Slade                                     “Merry Xmas Everybody”            

1974       Mud                                      “Lonely This Christmas”

1975       Queen                                  “Bohemian Rhapsody” 

1976       Johnny Mathis                  “When A Child Is Born (Soleado)”            

1977       Wings                                    “Mull of Kintyre” / “Girls’ School”             

1978       Boney M.                            “Mary’s Boy Child – Oh My Lord”             

1979       Pink Floyd                           “Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)”         

1980       St Winifred’s School Choir            “There’s No One Quite Like Grandma”  

1981       The Human League         “Don’t You Want Me”   

1982       Renée and Renato          “Save Your Love”            

1983       The Flying Pickets            “Only You”         

1984       Band Aid                              “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”

1985       Shakin’ Stevens                “Merry Christmas Everyone”     

1986       Jackie Wilson                     “Reet Petite”    

1987       Pet Shop Boys                   “Always on My Mind”   

1988       Cliff Richard                        “Mistletoe and Wine”   

1989       Band Aid II                          “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”

1990       Cliff Richard                        “Saviour’s Day”

1991       Queen                                  “Bohemian Rhapsody” / “These Are the Days of Our Lives”

1992       Whitney Houston            “I Will Always Love You”               

1993       Mr Blobby                           “Mr Blobby”      

1994       East 17                                  “Stay Another Day”        

1995       Michael Jackson               “Earth Song”

1996       Spice Girls                           “2 Become 1”    

1997       Spice Girls                           “Too Much”       

1998       Spice Girls                           “Goodbye”        

1999       Westlife                               “I Have a Dream” / “Seasons in the Sun”

2000       Bob the Builder                “Can We Fix It?”              

2001       Robbie Williams and Nicole Kidman         “Somethin’ Stupid”        

2002       Girls Aloud                          “Sound of the Underground”    

2003       Michael Andrews and Gary Jules              “Mad World”    

2004       Band Aid 20                        “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”

2005       Shayne Ward                     “That’s My Goal”             

2006       Leona Lewis                       “A Moment Like This”   

2007       Leon Jackson                     “When You Believe”      

2008       Alexandra Burke              “Hallelujah”       

2009       Rage Against the Machine           “Killing in the Name”     

2010       Matt Cardle                        “When We Collide”        

2011       Military Wives with Gareth Malone         “Wherever You Are”     

2012       The Justice Collective     “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother”

2013       Sam Bailey                          “Skyscraper”     

2014       Ben Haenow                      “Something I Need”

DT of Doncaster:

My parents are both buried with Respect at Bawtry as we found if more pleasant to be buried in a woodland with wild flowers.


We were given lots of support and advice and Respect.  Everyone commented on how lovely it was.

Most common Five things people regret

For many years I worked in palliative care. My patients were those who had gone home to die. Some incredibly specialtimes were shared. I was with them for the last three to twelve weeks of their lives.

People grow a lot when they are faced with their own mortality. I learnt never to underestimate someone’s capacity for growth. Some changes were phenomenal. Each experienced a variety of emotions, as expected, denial, fear, anger, remorse, more denial and eventually acceptance. Every single patient found their peace before they departed though, every one of them. When questioned about any regrets they had or anything they would do differently, common themes surfaced again and again. Here are the most common five:

1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.

This was the most common regret of all. When people realise that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled. Most people had not honoured even a half of their dreams and had to die knowing that it was due to choices they had made, or not made.

It is very important to try and honour at least some of your dreams along the way. From the moment that you lose your health, it is too late. Health brings a freedom very few realise, until they no longer have it.

2. I wish I didn’t work so hard.

This came from every male patient that I nursed. They missed their children’s youth and their partner’s companionship. Women also spoke of this regret. But as most were from an older generation, many of the female patients had not been breadwinners. All of the men I nursed deeply regretted spending so much of their lives on the treadmill of a work existence.

By simplifying your lifestyle and making conscious choices along the way, it is possible to not need the income that you think you do. And by creating more space in your life, you become happier and more open to new opportunities, ones more suited to your new lifestyle.

3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.

Many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others. As a result, they settled for a mediocre existence and never became who they were truly capable of becoming. Many developed illnesses relating to the bitterness and resentment they carried as a result.

We cannot control the reactions of others. However, although people may initially react when you change the way you are by speaking honestly, in the end it raises the relationship to a whole new and healthier level. Either that or it releases the unhealthy relationship from your life. Either way, you win.

4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.

Often they would not truly realise the full benefits of old friends until their dying weeks and it was not always possible to track them down. Many had become so caught up in their own lives that they had let golden friendships slip by over the years. There were many deep regrets about not giving friendships the time and effort that they deserved. Everyone misses their friends when they are dying.

It is common for anyone in a busy lifestyle to let friendships slip. But when you are faced with your approaching death, the physical details of life fall away. People do want to get their financial affairs in order if possible. But it is not money or status that holds the true importance for them. They want to get things in order more for the benefit of those they love. Usually though, they are too ill and weary to ever manage this task. It is all comes down to love and relationshipsin the end. That is all that remains in the final weeks, love and relationships.

5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.

This is a surprisingly common one. Many did not realise until the end that happiness is a choice. They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits. The so-called ‘comfort’ of familiarity overflowed into their emotions, as well as their physical lives. Fear of change had them pretending to others, and to their selves, that they were content. When deep within, they longed to laugh properly and have silliness in their life again.

When you are on your deathbed, what others think of you is a long way from your mind. How wonderful to be able to let go and smile again, long before you are dying.

Life is a choice. It is YOUR life. Choose consciously, choose wisely, choose honestly. Choose happiness.

Credits: This article first appeared on inspirationandchai.com via Real Farmacy


Client Testimonials.

May I take this opportunity to thank you and Alison for everything you have done to help us through this difficult time. We have found the perfect place for *******- everything he loved in close proximity. I have been up to Laughton several times since Friday and each time I find it comforting. I can sit on his bench and chat to him in peace and quiet.

BP, Burton on Stather

Thank you for the photo’s, they are just what I needed, thank you once again for being so kind and thoughtful, it help a lot on such a sad occasion

K&H, W of Doncaster

Thank you for the photos of Geoff’s bird box & bench, it looks really peaceful.Thanks and regards F C

F C, Knottingley

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