Father and daughter die with brain tumours just months apart

A father and daughter were both struck down by devastating brain tumours just months apart from one another.

Lynne Ward, 51, and her father Jimmy McGrane, 74, both from Vauxhall, both developed brain tumours leaving their extended family devastated.

Lynne, who worked in the travel industry, moved to Benidorm where she met her husband of 14 years, Mick Ward, a musician.

The couple had two children together, but in 2018, Lynne began to experience severe dizziness and balance problems as well as fatigue.

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She was initially diagnosed with vertigo by doctors in Spain but, when her symptoms worsened, she was taken for tests in hospital in Alicante.

Tragically, a biopsy revealed that she had a large brain tumour which doctors deemed to be inoperable which she had likely had for the last five months.

Lynne Ward pictured with her two children Michael (left) and Ellie (right)

At the same time, Lynne's father Jim, who had previously recovered from throat cancer, was re-diagnosed with cancer which had now spread to his brain.

Lynne passed away in hospital on Christmas day 2018, while Jimmy passed away a few months later in February at the Clatterbridge Hospital in Wirral leaving the entire family devastated.

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Mick Ward, 47, Lynne's husband, said having the two deaths so close to one another "very difficult to take" and had "ripped a hole in the family".

He described his wife as "a fantastic mother" who would do anything for her children.

Speaking to the ECHO, he said: "Lynne was an amazing person. She was a classy and beautiful lady both inside and out.

Lynne Ward pictured with son Michael at Anfield

"Anyone who had the privilege of being her friend would know that she would always see the good in people.

"When the kids came along she couldn't get over that she had two beautiful children after we were married. She was a fantastic mother who would do anything for them.

"To have her and Jimmy both die from brain tumours just months apart from each other was devastating for the family.

"The only bit of comfort we can take is that I like to think they're with each other now."

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After his wife's death, Mick, who is originally from Ireland, set up the Dignity Initiative to raise money for various hospitals and initiatives in memory of Lynne.

The charity has raised an incredible £50,000 for a range of causes including a £1,400 donation to the Clatterbridge Cancer Charity.

Mick Ward, 47, pictured with his children Michael and Ellie handing over a cheque to the Clatterbridge Cancer Charity

Mick also donated £1,075 to Radio City's cash for kids initiative through organising fundraising nights at bars in Liverpool, Spain and Ireland.

He added: "I wanted to do this to keep Lynne's memory alive. I want her to have a legacy for the kids.

"I want them to know that she's being remembered and that she'll always be remembered.

"Also for her siblings and her mother. They've all gone through a lot.

"I would like to thank everyone who's helped me to raise funds for the Dignity Initiative."