Woodland tribute for flu death wife

NATURE LOVER: Suki Bryson with her young niece Bo
NATURE LOVER: Suki Bryson with her young niece Bo

A nature-loving woman who died a week after catching the flu is to have acres of woodland dedicated to her memory.

Suki Bryson, who liked nothing better than foraging for fruit and making jam, died on her 40th birthday in March.

Just eight weeks earlier her husband had been rushed to hospital with a brain haemorrhage and he is still in rehabilitation.

Suki’s mother Cherry Harris said: “We were driving to Addenbrookes Hospital each day to visit him, and obviously Suki was really worried.

“Then she became ill herself with flu. She was run down and developed a chest infection.”

Suki, who already suffered from debilitating Fibromyalgia, was taken to Milton Keynes Hospital where doctors battled to control the infection.

“On her birthday we went in to see her, thinking she was recovering. She died less than an hour later,” said heartbroken Cherry.

The family has now set up Suki’s Woodland Trust to raise thousands of pounds to buy a two or three acre wood to turn into a nature reserve for others like Suki,

“We’ll plant fruit trees so people can forage to their hearts’ content,” said Cherry.

She also plans to build extra wide paths and provide benches so disabled people can enjoy the place.

Suki, who lived in Stantonbury, also loved making jewellery and other craft items.

On Saturday her family is organising a fundraising craft fair at York House in Stony Stratford.

It will be held between 11am and 3pm.