It was May, 2004 in South East London (Greenwich). I had been looking after my grandmother since 2001. She got sick with cancer. She used to be such a strong woman. She lived through the Second World War. She was from Guernsey, Channel Isles and, to be honest, I used to be more scared of her than I was of my mum.
My mum always had a sixth sense, and I think I picked it up from her. I've had strange things happen to me in the past. I've seen and heard ghosts, from my grandad to my pet cat, which died and I saw its spirit run past me when I was a boy. I tried to pet it and it had curled up on my mum's bed then simply vanished.
My mum died on Christmas Day, 1996 when I was 13, so I lived with my nan. In 2001 she got sick with cancer and I looked after her and cared for her. I was 21 at the time.
By January, 2004 I couldn't cope anymore and couldn't do it anymore. I had to find somewhere else to live, so I stayed with a friend. My nan had been put in a hospice, and I saw her regularly. She deteriorated so quickly. The last time I saw her before she died, she thought I was her husband, who died in World War 2.
It was a Saturday morning and I was going to see her that morning. As I looked at the time, something told me she was gone. I just knew she was there with me.
At that exact time, a big, old fashioned one pence came bouncing down the spiral staircase and landed at my feet in the kitchen, which was more or less impossible. The coin was from 1922, the year she was born. No one I ever knew had any of these coins, but my nan used to collect old coins and let me play with them when I was a kid. The house I was staying in certainly didn't have any there, so where did this come from? Everyone is in the house was sound asleep.
I knew I had to go see her later, but I knew it was too late. Later that morning, my cousin phoned me to tell me my nan had passed away. She died at Saturday morning.
Was that my nan telling me she had gone? Or was it my sixth sense? I like to believe it was a bit of both. When my mum died, she told me she would always be my guardian angel, so was that her letting me know she is with me still?