Northern Lights and Ed Sheeran gig among items on mum's bucket list

Michaela Shearn and Amy Crittenden with a guinea pig.

Michaela and Amy in 2017. - Credit: Amy Crittenden

A Great Yarmouth mother-of-three is putting together a bucket list after being given three years to live.

Michaela Shearn, 45, was diagnosed with terminal cancer in January this year.

Mrs Shearn and her sister, Amy Crittenden, are putting together a bucket list so they can "make the most of the time they have together."

Amy Crittenden, Michaela and Ian Shearn outside a cafe

Amy Crittenden with Michaela and Ian Shearn. - Credit: James Weeds

The list contains such things as a holiday to Scotland to see the Northern Lights, seeing Ed Sheeran in concert (or even meeting him), and a weekend spa.

However, Mrs Shearn really wants "nice days out for the boys."


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“I appreciate life. Just the little things, like family time, mean the world to me,” Mrs Shearn said.

Mrs Shearn's sons are Josh, 27, Neo, 15, and Freddie, 10.

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Mrs Crittenden, a hairdresser and carer, is organising a festival themed fundraiser for her sister's bucket list.

"We'll be having a Charlie Chaplin performer, viking photos, and a festival-style hair and make-up booth for the kids," Mrs Crittenden said.

There will also be a cake and bake sale, as well as a raffle with gifts donated from other business owners on Regent Road.

"Loads of people want to get involved,” Mrs Crittenden added.

Mark Roberts owner of Hair 4 U in Great Yarmouth, celebrates opening his hair salon with his staff,

Mark Roberts owner of Hair 4 U in Great Yarmouth, celebrates opening his hair salon with his staff, from left, Gemma Skipper, Amy Crittenden, Tina Inkersole, and Chloe Ward, as Covid restrictions are eased. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: DENISE BRADLEY/Archant2021

Helping with the fundraiser is Mrs Crittenden's manager at Hair 4 U, Mark Roberts.

“She’s done so much for other people," Mr Roberts said. "Now it’s our turn to do something for her.” 

“All we want to do is make Michaela’s day.”

Mrs Shearn and her partner, Ian, have volunteered for TS Warrior cadets and Help for Heroes for several years.

Mr Shearn, 39, also volunteers as a commanding officer with TS Warrior.

A smiling man with two children.

Michaela's partner, Ian, and their two sons. - Credit: Michaela Shearn

"We're overwhelmed with the support," Mr Shearn said.

"It's amazing what people are trying to do."

Michaela, Ian, Amy and Mark would like to thank the following people for their donations towards the raffle on Sunday, May 30:

  • Alan (The Bag Shop) 

  • Chris (Raw Menswear) 

  • Mick and Gill (Cottage Jewels) 

  • Mike (Skechers)

  • Lee (Just For Kids) 

  • Steve and Ken (Steve's Sweets) 

  • Sarge (Norfolk Leather Centre)

  • Norman’s Furniture

  • Steve (Gifts)

  • Jane and Alex (Jane's Avon Shop)

  • Elliot (Towels and Sun Glasses) 

Anyone looking for more information, please contact Amy Crittenden at Hair 4 U.

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