A ‘beautiful and funny’ single mother-of-six has tragically lost her battle with cervical cancer less than a year after getting the all clear.
Victoria Ayres, 37, from Lancashire, was first diagnosed with cancer in late 2019 after becoming poorly ‘out of the blue’ and had to undergo treatment at Preston Royal Hospital last year.
Despite being given a 30 to 50 per cent chance of survival, Victoria was declared cancer free in April last year – only to be told 11 months later that her cancer had spread and was terminal.
Tragically she passed away on Monday after the disease spread from her cervix to her kidney, pelvis and stomach – and left her body paralysed and needing two kidney bags.
The full-time mum had shown no symptoms of the illness before she suddenly became poorly ‘out of the blue’ in early December 2019, according to her cousin Chris Murray.
The 33-year-old recalled how much weight she’d lost when they spent time together in the days leading up the Christmas.
But the pair were left devastated when she was diagnosed with stage 3 cervical cancer and was told she needed to undergo treatment immediately in a bid to save her life.
Against all odds, Victoria rang the end of treatment bell at Preston Royal Hospital on April 9, 2020.
Chris said it was ‘incredibly emotional’ and decided to take Victoria and her family on a charity walk to Wales, so they could raise funds and so that she could form ‘unforgettable memories’ with her six children.
Victoria moved from her home in Blackburn down to Wales and got to enjoy pate and toast – which was one of the things on her bucket list.
But by March 2021, her condition had deteriorated rapidly and the cancer spread to other vital organs.
Chris, who was only able to see her sparingly due to Covid, said Victoria was the ‘life of the party’ and that no one would ‘ever forget her’.
In a touching tribute, he said: ‘We are all just completely heartbroken by what happened. Victoria was too young, and too good.
‘Vickie was a fun-loving mum, she was the life and soul of the party. She was very happy all of the time. Her kids were her life, she would do anything for them.
‘We’ll always remember her, no one will ever forget her. I will remember her as being a happy, beautiful and good mum.’
He said they were completely devastated when she relapsed and Victoria’s family were unable to be by her side.
Chris, from Preston, added: ‘When she rang the bell, we thought she was getting better, we wanted her to make all of these memories with her kids.
‘We never expected Vickie to die from this, never. We just wanted to focus on the walk and make sure they had the best time together.
‘But she became so poorly she was barely conscious and people couldn’t visit her.’
The brave mum was able to celebrate her 37th birthday with her children just a week before she passed away.
Her six children Davina, Michael, Matthew, Megan, Amelia and C-J, will live with Vikkie’s mum Theresa and stepfather Gary.