‘I loved her so much’

Cathie Cutler-Evans has known all her life she was adopted and despite having a happy life with her family, always felt incomplete at not having met her birth mother.

It wasn’t until she was a teenager that her adoptive parents finally showed her a letter her birth mother had written to them, thanking them for giving her daughter a loving home.

“Please try and help her understand it was because I loved her so much,” he birth mother wrote.

Image: ITV/Long Lost Family

“Thank you once again, may you always be a happy family.”

Now 50, Cathie has told ITV’s Long Lost Family she thinks about her birth mother every day and had always wanted to find her. “Such a long time has passed, but I’ve still thought about her every day and the older I get, the more I think about her,” she said.

“I don’t know her, but she’s my mum. She held, and loved me, and cared for me, knowing that she would never see me again. There will always be that bit of me that belongs to her – and I need to know who that person is.”

She cried as she read the letter on the show, saying at first it was difficult to comprehend it had come from her birth mother.

“She obviously really, really, really loved me. It was…

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