THE mother of tragic Carly Jones, who died while fighting to win back her sons, has relaunched the campaign to fulfil her daughter’s dying wish.
Before Carly succumbed to cancer in July last year, Jean Jones, 49, promised she would get her sons back for good.
Sol, 6, and Reece, 4, were kept in Germany by the boy’s father after his turbulent relationship with Carly came to an end.
Jean had been due to fly to the boys’ new homes this week but, at the last minute, she was told that at least two weeks’ notice was needed in order to see her grandsons.
Both children live near Düsseldorf with Sol living with his father’s parents and Reece with a foster family.
Jean says: “I had presents to give them. I had a game, sweets, cars and a nice watch for Sol.
“I was only asking for an hour with them just to give them the presents.”
Two months ago Jean received the bombshell that Reece is to be adopted.
She added: “Two months ago I got in touch with the fostering department to see about bookings to see my grandchildren.
“They casually sent me an email in German telling me that my youngest grandson was going to be adopted.
“I told them they could have been caring enough to consult me – I only found out by chance.”
Now Jean has set up a website, www.justiceforcarly.com, declaring her aims and telling Carly’s tale.
Three years ago, Carly was forced to leave her two boys in Germany when her relationship with their father ended.
During her fight to get the boys back through the German courts, she survived an ovarian cancer scare, then received the devastating news she had lung cancer in February last year.
Five months later, she died in the Hospice of the Good Shepherd surrounded by pictures of her boys.
A fortnight before Carly’s passing, a judge ruled German social services should send the boys over to see her before she died – or face a 10,000 euro fine. Astonishingly, social services decided to take the fine.
Jean is determined to bring them back to Saltney and will lobby UK, EU and German governments to change German adoption laws to ensure natural relatives' wishes are considered.
In two weeks, she will take her fight to Westminster and lobby MPs to put pressure on the government.
Jean has now received the backing of Glenys Kinnock, MEP for Wales.
Mrs Kinnock said: “As a grandmother myself I empathise with Mrs Jones' situation. She deserves all our support as she grieves for her daughter and longs to be with her grandchildren.
“It is clear that she should be informed and consulted about their future and it is on this basis that I have made representations to the German authorities.”