Garden centre steps in to create retreat for Glasgow campaigner battling leukaemia

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Julie Love, receives garden donation from Cardwell Garden Centre. Julie with Paul Carmichael, Retail manager of Cardwell Garden Centre.

A FAMILY run firm has stepped in to help create a garden retreat for a Glasgow campaigner who is battling leukaemia. Karen Love appealed for help to the Evening Times for her sister Julie who is recovering from her latest round of chemotherapy.

Gourock based award-winning home and garden firm Cardwell Garden Centre said they had “no hesitation” in agreeing to help create a relaxing space for Julie at her home in Maryhill.

Paul Carmichael, Cardwell’s retail manager and his team delivered turf for a new lawn, a patio set with table, chairs and parasol, bedding plants and flowers in tubs and troughs along with a chiminea.

Family and friends have also rallied round to build an area of decking.

Julie, from Maryhill, set up the UK’s first charity to support families who have lost loved ones overseas after the death of her son Colin in 2009. She also forced a change in Scottish laws which mean Fatal Accident Inquiries can now be held for Scots who have died overseas. Julie, who is a former Evening Times Scotswoman of the Year finalist, was recently diagnosed with leukaemia but has continued to campaign through her illness. She has just completed her one of her final rounds of chemotherapy, after which doctors will know if the treatment has been a success.

Cardwell’s retail manager, Paul Carmichael said: “We couldn’t help but admire what Julie has achieved with her campaigning when we read her story in the Evening Times. And then you find out that Julie has to fight another battle when she is diagnosed with leukaemia. All credit to Julie’s sister, Karen who wants to create a nice garden environment for her as she recovers from the gruelling chemotherapy treatment. We had no hesitation in stepping in to help out and we wish Julie a full and speedy recovery and that she’ll enjoy her new garden for a long time to come.”

Karen said: “Julie has been through so much and never complains. Thanks to the Evening Times and Cardwell Garden Centre for making her smile.”

Julie’s son Colin died swimming off Venezuela while on a cruise holiday with a friend. It took four weeks for his body to be repatriated with Ms Love claiming she had to “battle at every stage” for support and information from the authorities, both at home and abroad.

Julie set up the support group Death Abroad You Are Not Alone (DAYNA) in light of her loss and is doing further work with the Scottish Government on a set of practical guidelines for those trying to deal with death of a loved one overseas.

Cardwell was launched in Gourock in 1962 and has developed into one of Scotland’s largest retail destinations, with more than 20 separate departments.

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