Working helps mum deal with double tragedy

Sue Hughes
Sue Hughes

A mum who lost two of her daughters within weeks of each other says making a success of her business has helped her deal with the pain.

Sue Hughes lost her daughter Rhian Hughes in November 2010 when she was 19-years -old.

Rhian Hughes

Rhian Hughes

The teenager had suffered from Wolf Hirschhorn Syndrome, a chromosome abnormality, which left her unable to walk or talk and with limited sight and hearing.

Only weeks before Mrs Hughes’ 32-year-old daughter Lorraine Gordon had been killed in a car crash near Loughborough when she was on her way to visit Rhian at the Rainbows Children’s Hospice.

The double tragedy was compounded by the fact Mrs Hughes and husband Gwyn, of Alexandra Road, Kettering, had lost another daughter, Nia, who also suffered from the syndrome and died in 1989, aged 16 months.

Shortly after losing Rhian and Lorraine, Mrs Hughes took over A La Mode, a hairdressers in Bridge Street, Rothwell.

Lorriane Gordon

Lorriane Gordon

It is close to where she had run a barbers’ shop for a number of years.

A La Mode has gone from strength to strength, and has been so successful that Mrs Hughes has recently moved to a bigger unit a few doors away. It also happens to be next door to her barbers’ shop.

Mrs Hughes said: “It won’t ever get any easier, but making the hairdressers a success has helped me deal with things a bit.”

Lorraine left a daughter, Ciara, after the crash.

She now lives with her father.

Mrs Hughes and her husband have raised money for the Cynthia Spencer Hospice and Rainbows Children’s Hospice since Rhian’s death, both of which helped the family over the years.