IT WAS a sanctuary from Tiffany Adams’s merry-go-round of specialist appointments and hospital stays.
In the days and weeks before her untimely passing, Tiffany and her husband Cameron would make daily visits to Tamworth’s Teamo Teahouse, sipping coffee on the rustic furniture while their two boys played in the sandpit.
And in a deeply moving gesture, teahouse owners Paul Fisher and Karen Davis are set to install a special plaque and photo of Tiffany and her family on their favourite seat at the café.
They have also announced a special high tea fundraiser to help Mr Adams realise his wife’s dying wish of owning their own home.
Tiffany, 28, a mum of two from Calala, tragically died on June 18 after a battle with cancer.
Friends quickly established the “House for Camo” appeal, aimed at raising $50,000 to help Mr Adams pay outstanding medical bills and make a deposit on a home for his two sons Caleb, 3, and Charlie, 1.
Already the appeal has reached $13,000, with the Wests League Club chipping in a $5000 donation last week.
Mr Adams said the plaque at the teahouse would be a permanent reminder of the special times the family spent together.
“This place will be one of the boys’ last memories of their mum and it’s amazing to think they can still come here and have a drink with her,” Mr Adams said.
“It’s just so touching ... they have become like our extended family here.
“It’s going to be nice to come here and feel Tiff all around us.”
He said his late wife was a humble, “no-fuss” person who would be shocked at how moved people had been by her story.
Mr Fisher said it was only natural his business would chip in to help the appeal.
“The family started coming here every day when Tiff was sick and we just got talking to them,” Mr Fisher said.
“We got to know them and they became part of our family.
“It’s just nice to be able to help in some way.”
The high tea will be held at the Courthouse Hotel on Saturday, August 2, from 3pm to 6pm.
The $75-a-head entry fee will be pledged entirely to the appeal, with a host of businesses around town donating items for the event.
Mr Fisher said a marquee, tables and chairs, printing for invitations and entertainment were still needed to make the day a success.
If you can donate or would like to attend the high tea, call Mr Fisher on 0429 654 808.