THE GREAT British Bake Off’s Linda Rayfield has admitted that she appears like she “let her daughter down” after she died aged 18.
The Channel 4 favorite advised followers that she was elevating cash for a dementia charity in Melissa’s reminiscence after realising that the teenager was affected by the sickness.
Sharing a photograph of Melissa with Pluto and Goofy at Disney World on Instagram, Linda emotionally wrote: “I am strolling in Reminiscence of my Daughter Melissa, she was 18 when she handed away and it wasn’t till lately turning into a Dementia Good friend and studying extra concerning the situation I realised she had Dementia.
“Realizing would not have modified the result however I’d have understood all of the occasions she checked out me vacantly and cried so desperately she most likely did not recognise me.
“That breaks my coronary heart as a result of all her life I protected her, comforted her and we shared so many great reminiscences, and on the finish I really feel I let her down.”
The baker continued: “Individuals residing with Dementia depend on their long run reminiscence and a few of hers have been fairly traumatic.
“There’s an enormous stigma and concern round Dementia as a result of there isn’t any treatment and never sufficient consciousness and assist for each the individual residing with Dementia and people who love and take care of them.
“However! As we have seen this previous yr how communities have united and a few superb issues have occurred. Get entangled turn out to be a Dementia Good friend @dementia_friends and make a distinction 💞”
Linda took part in the most recent series of Bake Off, and moved viewers to tears when she dedicated one of her cakes to Melissa.
She said at the time: “This cake really means a lot to me. It’s a tribute to my daughter.
“Melissa had special needs, she’s no longer with us. She passed away when she was 18, but this is just a celebration of her life really, and she was just a sweet little English rose.”