Sandra Lawson RIP

This is hard.

I’d known Sandra Lawson casually for three years. In February of this year I got to know her much better. My wife had been in hospital for almost two months and I had no idea when she would be well enough to come home. I built my time around visiting but eventually I thought to myself, I shall have to plan to have one day a week for myself.

A couple of days later Sandra came up to me. ‘You’re coming with me to Valbonne on Thursday,’ she said. ‘I run a knitting group there. It’s a nice ride, if the weather is good we can have the top down. We’ll have lunch, and while I’m running the group you can look round the town.’

This was typical of the thoughtful, kind, caring and imaginative person she was.

For me it was a life-saver.

I went with her a couple of times more and then Janine came home. Sandra took her under her wing, encouraged her in her knitting and took her to Valbonne. We became great friends.

Sandra would always say, ‘If you ever need anything, I’m here.’

And now she’s not. On Tuesday I got a phone call to say that Sandra had died of a heart attack. I was stunned, as has been everyone who heard.

Today is Sandra’s funeral. Knowing her made my world a bigger, brighter, better place. It did the world.

Rest in peace, Sandra.



About Martin Lake

Martin Lake lives in the French Riviera with his wife. After studying at the University of East Anglia he worked as a teacher, trainer and company director. A serious accident shattered his arm and meant that he had to rein back his work. He decided to concentrate on writing and is now writing full-time. He writes a wide range of fiction. His main interests are historical fiction, short stories and fiction for young adults. Martin has a series of novels 'The Lost King' which are set in the years following the Norman Invasion of England. They concern Edgar Atheling, last representative of the ancient English royal dynasty and his fight to regain the throne from William the Conqueror. Martin has also published 'Artful' the further adventures of the Dodger and 'Outcasts' a novel about fall of the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem. His latest novel, 'A Love Most Dangerous' is about a maid of honour who becomes the lover of Henry VIII. Martin’s work has been broadcast on radio. He won first prize in the Kenneth Grahame Society competition to write a story based on 'The Wind in the Willows.' You can get the collection, 'The Wind in the Willows Short Stories' from Amazon.
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4 Responses to Sandra Lawson RIP

  1. My condolences Martin. The challenge now is to do as she did so that others will be blessed by her example. Every blessing.

  2. 😦

    Sorry for your loss. She sounds like a lovely person.

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