The Repair Shop: Woman with terminal cancer overwhelmed as experts restore late mother’s treasured writing case

A woman with terminal cancer sought the help of the experts to have her late mother’s writing case fixed on tonight’s episode of The Repair Shop, and viewers were in tears.

Wendy wanted the treasured keepsake, which her mum used to write letters from as a codebreaker during the war, to be restored so she could give it to her daughter Lois so that she could then pass it down to her own daughter.

‘I’ve so little of my mum to leave my granddaughter and because I won’t see my granddaughter grow up…,’ Wendy explained.

 ‘I want her to have something which meant a lot to me when I was a little girl, so when she wants to draw and she wants to write her mum can say this was your great granny’s and this was your granny’s.’

Speaking to the experts, Wendy stressed that she didn’t have much time to wait for the repairs to be made.

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Wendy explained she only had a few months left to live (Picture: BBC)
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She was hoping the experts could restore her mother’s writing case (Picture: BBC)

‘I need to do this fairly soon because I’ve got stage four cancer,’ she said. ‘I’ve only got four or five months left so I want to do this so that it’s done for her.’

Of course, the item was in safe hands with experienced restorer Suzie Fletcher, who managed to get the keepsake looking as good as new.

Wendy was in bits after seeing the writing case in all its glory.

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Wendy was overwhelmed by the results (Picture: BBC)

‘That’s so lovely,’ she observed. ‘You’ve not just restored a writing case, you’ve restored memories and memories are so important to me at the moment.

‘I’m very, very grateful.’


Viewers were in tears as they watched the heartwarming scenes at home.

‘Watching The Repair Shop is always an emotional experience but the story behind the restoration of that lady’s writing case has me in tears… so touching but sad,’ one wrote.

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Echoing a similar sentiment, another penned: ‘I always get emotional over #therepairshop but I’m a mess over the codebreaker case, mainly because of dear Wendy 😭❤’

The Repair Shop, you’ve done it again.

The Repair Shop airs Wednesdays at 8pm on BBC One.

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