Daughters pay tribute to homeless mother who died on Magdalen Street in Norwich
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Two daughters have paid a touching tribute to their 'loving and beautiful' mum who died next to a Norwich church after spending months living on the city's streets.
Lavinia Fairhurst, 29, and Lydia-Jade Roberts, 24, posted the tribute on The People's Picnic Facebook page following the death of their mother Fiona Glen.
The 46-year-old was found dead next to St Saviour's Church on Magdalen Street in October and had been homeless for a number of months.
Ms Glen, from Chesterfield, moved to Norwich over five years ago as her father lived in the city.
Her daughters had not seen her for a number of years after growing apart due to a 'difficult relationship' and had no idea about her living situation caused by mental health problems and substance misuse.
They said: 'We lost our Mum, she died alone on the streets in Norwich. Our relationship had broken down and we felt there was nothing more that we could do for her. We will have to live with that.'
SEE ALSO: Community shocked by death of lonely womanThe daughters did not find out about her death until two weeks later and Lavinia, who lives in Chesterfield, said that after everything that had happened, it finally felt like the right time to share their memories of their mum.
'We had wanted to do something for a while to pay tribute but didn't know what to do or who to do it with,' she told this newspaper. 'We decided to contact The People's Picnic as they had known her and supported her during her time in Norwich.
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'She actually had a small amount of change on her when she died so we donated that to them as well as some other money as a thank you.'
In the tribute the girls wrote about their mum's love for cooking and how they used to dance around and sing songs together. But they also spoke of the stigma attached to the issues that their mum suffered from and how it can cause people to be ignored.
They said: 'Whilst it's true a lot of people who find themselves homeless have substance misuse problems or mental health problems, that doesn't mean they are not deserving of help or services, and yet many find these doors shut on them.
'Stigma is still rife in this world. People are judged and stereotyped, people are ignored.'
Lavinia now works a mental health nurse and Lydia-Jade, who now lives in Bradford, hopes to become a social worker. They want to use their careers to help people who suffer from similar problems to their mums.
On choosing the photo to accompany the tribute Lavinia, said they both wanted to pick a picture that they had happy memories of.
'We liked this photo of her as it is vivid, beautiful and shows of her beaming smile,' she said. 'And that is how we want to remember our mum.'
•To read the full tribute visit The People's Picnic on Facebook.