Heartbreaking moment boy, 14, sings to dying mum for final time through window

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This is the heartbreaking moment a 14-year-old boy sang through a hospice window to his terminally-ill mother days before she died.

Jane Devine was diagnosed with breast cancer in July 2019 and her son Billy was captured in a heartbreaking video singing to her for the last time.

Billy, along with his friend Ellie Marie Scott, sang a rendition of Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s Shallow to his mum.

The restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic meant the pair had to sing the duet in the gardens at Ashgate Hospicecare in Chesterfield, Derbyshire.

Billy said: “I love to sing, and my mum always loved to hear me sing, so I thought it would be the perfect surprise to sing her favourite song whilst she was staying at Ashgate.

“It felt like the performance of a lifetime.

“I’ll never forget the look on my mum’s face as she watched from the window of her room. Just remembering it now gives me goosebumps.”

Jane died at the hospice on September 7, just a few days after the poignant performance.

Billy said: “Mum was such a caring person, she spent most of her life looking after other people and spending time with her family.

“She was such a strong and positive person to be around, even after she was diagnosed, she was determined to face the cancer head-on.

“Unfortunately, no matter how hard mum fought, this wasn’t going to be a battle she could win.

“That’s when she went to Ashgate Hospicecare and I can honestly say that the care she received was amazing, it is a very welcoming and comforting place, not just for mum but for the whole family.

“I am incredibly grateful to the hospice for helping us organise this special moment, truly one none of us will ever forget.”

Since his mum’s diagnosis, Billy and his family have raised £4,000 for Ashgate Hospicecare through a variety of fundraisers including “Care for a Cuppa” coffee mornings, bingo nights and head shaving.

Billy said: “It has been a real honour to raise money for Ashgate Hospicecare and to be able to repay some of the kindness they showed to our family when we needed it most.”

Residents can commemorate the memory of a loved one who is no longer with them, whether they were cared for by Ashgate or not.

This well-known annual event will be taking place virtually, on Sunday, December 13, due to the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions.