EASTENDERS star Natalie Cassidy has shared a moving tribute she has in her garden for her late mum, who died when she was 19.
The 37-year-old star was left devastated when her mother Evelyn lost her battle with bowel cancer in 2002 at the age of 63.
Taking to her Instagram page early this morning, the actress revealed that her brother had bought her a touching gift to remember their mum by for her 30th birthday.
The photo showed stunning flowers and green leaves growing over a block with Evelyn’s name written on it.
Natalie explained in the post’s caption: “This is our Evelyn Rose.
“My brother bought it for me for my 30th birthday. It’s 7 and a bit years old and has never looked better. My dad loves it and cares for it.
“I lost my mum when I was 19 – her name was Evelyn.”
She added how much she appreciated having something close by to remember her mum as her busy schedule sometimes stops her from getting to the cemetery.
The star wrote: “It’s nice to have something in your own space as well as a cemetery. Life is busy and you feel guilty for not going up there.”
Natalie previously admitted that she broke down over an EastEnders‘ storyline about her onscreen mum Carol Jackson fighting cancer.
She plays Carol’s daughter Sonia in the BBC One soap, and the heartbreaking scenes brought back difficult memories for the star.
Natalie said at the time: “It’s all quite raw, there have been tears.”
She confessed that she “lost herself” after her mother’s death, but she didn’t seek help from a bereavement counsellor until she was hit by a second wave of grief when her “second mum” Wendy Richard, who played Pauline Fowler, died in 2009.
Natalie explained: “I hit rock bottom. I had to see someone about my mum, mistakes and regrets.”