A father from Crayford has described the “unbearable suffering” caused by motor neurone disease as he sets up a café in memory of his late wife.
Peter Sivyer, 56, lost his wife Debbie at the age of 52 in January after a long five-and-a-half-year battle with the illness.
While Debbie was suffering from MND, she and her husband were in the process of opening up the Blue Flower Coffee Lounge in Crayford High Street, something they had always wanted to do.
“It was always the dream [to have a coffee shop]. It was the dream before Debbie was ill,” Peter told News Shopper.
Peter, who had worked as a paper merchant for most of his career, gave up is job to care for his wife.
But together, they developed the idea for the Blue Flower.
“She was involved in everything: The property itself, the name – everything else,” Peter said.
“Unfortunately, she never saw the end product.”
The Blue Flower opened to the public on June 7 and has been serving coffee, breakfast and snacks to customers ever since.
“It’s going really nicely,” Peter said.
The family decided Blue Flower was the best name for the new café because a blue flower is the symbol for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.
Peter told News Shopper about how the organisation helped the family during Debbie’s illness.