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Daughters Organise Ladies’ Night With Playboy Waiters And Drag Artists- To Fundraise For Mother With MND’s Dignitas Trip

July 15, 2015

I find this very scary. I hope everyone who bought tickets knew what the money was going towards. Sadly this is not the first time I have heard of someone ‘crowdfunding’ to go to Dignitas. Now, I fear it won’t be the last.

Two daughters are selling tickets for a ‘girls night out’ to pay for their mother to travel to Dignitas and die.

Jackie Baker, 59, from Morriston, Swansea, started to develop motor neurone disease in February but her condition has deteriorated rapidly and has been left wheelchair-bound.

The former amateur photographer, whose speech is fading and is unable to use her arms, has asked her daughters Tara O’Reilly and Rose Baker to let her ‘die in dignity’.

The pair are desperately trying to raise £8,000 to send her to the euthanasia clinic in Switzerland by arranging an evening with a drag artist and playboy waiters.

Mrs O’Reilly, 40, said: ‘It’s what she wants. We were very upset at the beginning but I think we have come around to it now.

‘In the beginning we were scared to put it out there. I was worried it wouldn’t be appropriate to raise money to end mum’s life. But she’s always said since her diagnosis that she would end it when the time came.

‘She is in a wheelchair and has no life at the moment. We don’t want her to suffer any more. It’s not ideal but at the end of the day, we thought it would be a kind thing to do for somebody we love.’

Mrs Baker, who separated from her husband and the girls father several years ago before he moved to London, now lives in sheltered housing and has no other family apart from her daughters. 

The hairdresser, who has an 11-year-old daughter, Darcy, said: ‘It’s heartbreaking to see the speed at which she is deteriorating. We thought we’d have years but that’s not the case now sadly.

‘Mum used to paint and craft and love going out with her dogs. Now she is in sheltered housing and hasn’t left her flat for a month.

Mrs O’Reilly, with her 11-year-old daughter Darcy, has organised a ladies’ night to raise £8,000

‘She has a cat for company and we visit her every day but I know she misses her independence. Mum was strong-willed and a real one off.

‘She raised me and my sister to be spiritual and so it comes as no surprise to us that she has made a decision to end her life. 

‘When the time comes we will be devastated, of course, but it will also be a relief to know she isn’t suffering. We don’t let animals suffer in terrible pain and there is no cure. 

‘She will not get better only worse. The way I look at it we are her support network. You only have one mum and I’ve vowed to do what I can.’

Her sister, Ms Baker, 29, added: ‘It is heartbreaking watching our mum who is such a creative, free spirit now be confined to a wheelchair unable to use her arms, struggling with speech and requires help with all personal care.’

The ladies’ night, which will be held at a pub in Llanelli, South Wales, will feature performances from a drag artist, playboy butlers, an auction, and a buffet.

Mrs O’Reilly said: ‘It’s really hard to say we are raising money to take my mother to die in Switzerland. But we need to put it out there a bit more.

‘Motor neurone disease is really hard work to go through – we know she is not going to get better and come out of this.

‘I’m more determined than I have ever been about raising this money, because the more she is going on, the more she is looking more lifeless.’

Ms Baker said: ‘Her mother had it and passed away at 62. It’s not supposed to be hereditary but there’s a small chance.

‘We feel very strongly about it. If it was me I would be down the same route. We want mum to have a good send off.’  

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  1. jeffrey davies permalink
    July 15, 2015 7:15 pm

    why didnt they ask rtu ids his culling off the stock but these people are helping this government to that solent green jeff3

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