Emma Harding struggles as dying daughter Lola Pearce gets news in EastEnders

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SINCE reconnecting with her daughter Lola Pearce, Emma Harding has tried to adapt to a new life.

But next week in EastEnders, she struggles with the thought they only have a limited amount of time together.

Emma Harding has reconnected with her long-lost daughter Lola Pearce

But Lola is facing death

Her health is on the decline as she was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour

The hairdresser played by Danielle Harold is tying up every loose end she can before her illness takes over – this includes trying to form a bond with her long-lost mother Emma Harding.

However, in scenes due to air on BBC One next week, Lola busies herself with making preparations for her charity fundraising event, which she thought about in recent scenes of the London-based drama.

Unfortunately, she’s stopped dead in her tracks when the hospital ask her to come in for an early appointment.

Jay Brown (Jamie Borthwick) tries to hide his concerns from a panicked Lola and remains optimistic about the visit.

While in hospital, Lola gets a devastating update on her health and feels more determined than ever to live life to the fullest.

But as she prepares for the event, her mother Emma Harding (Patsy Kensit) is finding it hard to cope with the news her days are running out.

After a hugely successful fundraiser, Lola asks Emma to join her and Lexi’s girly night in.

Much to Lola’s shock, Emma awkwardly declines the offer, which raises alarm bells with Jay who fears that Emma is unable to cope with Lola’s declining health.

Jay confronts Emma before she drowns her sorrows in The Vic.

She later opens up about her mum-guilt with Sam Mitchell (Kim Medcalf).

Emma walked back into Lola’s life earlier in 2023 but was initially adamant she was doing better without her.

Billy Mitchell (Perry Fenwick) tracked her down at her workplace and told her all about Lola.

At the time, the beloved character was getting ready to tie the knot with on-off flame Jay Brown but had doubts about their future together.

The mechanic managed to reassure her and the pair walked down the aisle to exchange tear-jerking vows.

But will Lola’s bond with Emma ever be as strong as she wants it to be?

What will Lola’s last days look like?

EastEnders airs from Monday to Thursday at 7.30pm on BBC One.

Lola is determined to live life to the fullest

But Emma struggles to cope next week