Berni Shand 30 August 1955 - 23 March 2007
Hello fellow VT members it is with great regret that I must inform you that our beloved wife, mum and grandmother, Berni passed away in the early hours of this morning. I would like to to take this opportunity, on behalf of the whole family to thank you for the support that you have shown Berni and Carl throughout the last fifteen months, they loved you all and considered the VT crew to be an extension to thier quite small family. Rather than let this wonderful page that our mother devoted so much of her life to whilst both 'researching' and writing her tips, we as a family would like to take over where mum left off. Carl, Carla, Christian and I will all add our own Shand family magic everytime we go away. We probably won't be as good as Mum but atleast when we are out and about on our hols we will always have Mum with us as we think 'That's a good tip for VT!'. We won't take anything away from Mum's pages as it should be you guys that do the taking.. Taking advice from the most travelled and knowledgeable person we have ever known.
We will be saying farewell to Berni at Peterborough Crematorium on Monday 2 April at 1300hrs. We will forward any donations received to the Sheldon Ward Fund. This the cancer care ward at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Kings Lynn that Berni visited throughout her treatment.
Over to Mum:
Hello and thanks for stopping by, please leave a comment to let me know you`ve been. Just because theres a smiley face by my name it doesnt always mean Im here, it means Ive forgotten to turn the computer off or that I have fallen asleep at the keyboard [I do that a lot]
2006 was a busy year for us, a weekend in London in January for the big VT meeting, March found us at Disneyland Paris with two of our children and grandchildren, in April we visited the US for the first time, renewing our wedding vows in Las Vegas with a bunch of VT friends, then on to Flagstaff, the Grand Canyon and Sedona. In late June we took our lovely grandchildren to Turkey for fun in the sun and July found us in Rome
Late August, early September we visited South Africa to do a safari near Port Elizabeth and explore the area around Cape Town and we had a wonderful trip to Toronto, New York and Niagara Falls in October made special by meeting a bunch of our VT friends, all this and visits around the UK too, we did some adding up on New Years Eve and were amazed that we`d travelled just under 40,000 miles in 2006, with all that plus several of our VT friends coming to stay, hospital treatments every three weeks, rebuilding a Classic car [OK thats Carl not me, but I have to listen to blow by blow accounts of work in progress] ..... how can I ever say Im bored ?
I have recently started to have to use a wheelchair from time to time so Im very grateful for advice on travelling with one, we havent discarded the L plates yet*