A successful one Barber died of cancer after initially losing her sense of touch in her hands.
Lynn Williams, who owned her own salon died in July of CNS lymphoma, but her 23-year-old partner announced that she first realized there was a problem when she started having trouble hold a fork while eating.
Lynn’s heartbroken partner, Nige, paid tribute to his 23 year best friend this week, insisting that she be known, respected and loved by her family, friends and the wider community.
The 52-year-old Nige from Chester told the story Liverpool echo : “Unfortunately, Lynn had always suffered from an illness. When she was just 14 years old, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and underwent a hysterectomy to remove a tumor the size of a grapefruit.
“Lynn only had one functioning kidney due to radiation treatment, and I remember the day the Liverpool Royal called me to tell me she needed dialysis, something she had to do for two years until her brother Ian Coppack did most of it. “Great thing and donated her a kidney.”
Nige, remembered the time when he nearly lost Lynn to pneumonia but then enjoyed a long period of good health before she was diagnosed with cancer.
He said, “With all that you never knew, she was sick, she was so strong and just kept going.
“Lynn owned her own hair salon in Chester, where we live, and she was so well known and respected.
“We were together for 23 years and she was like a mother to my daughter Nakita .
“When she died, I was overwhelmed by all the cards and gifts. It was a great comfort to me to know that other people mourned their loss with me.
“So many people came to the funeral to say goodbye, it showed how loved she was.”
Nige said he has always raised funds for charities that have helped Lynn with her various illnesses over the years, but is about to pay a very special tribute to his wife. to Cheshire Live.
In late November, Nige will be dancing in Lynn’s memory in a tough Strictly event judged by Latin American ballroom queen Shirley Ballas.
He’s slipping on his heels for Maggie’s Wirral – a charity that provides free practical and emotional support to people with cancer.
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Nige said, “Lynn used to dance ballroom dancing as a teenager.
“Anyone who knows me and Lynn will remember how much Lynn loved dancing as she was a great ballroom dancer herself.
“We always sat on Saturday and Sunday evenings and watched Strictly. Lynn would comment on the dancers and she just loved the glamor.
“I know if Lynn were with me now she would be so proud and definitely my biggest critic.
“My other reason for attending was because Lynn and I went to Maggie’s after her cancer treatment to seek support and be around others for much-needed help.
“I want to support people living with cancer and beyond, and in memory of my beautiful wife, Lynn, who has always seen the beautiful in others and will always stay in my heart.”
Nige has practiced with professional partner Amy Scott and under the guidance of teacher Debbie Merrall at Merralls Dance Center in Moreton, Wirral.
Hoping to lift the trophy with his Cha Cha Cha, Nige said, “It’s been stressful and very tough every time I think I’ve memorized the dance, Debbie adds more.
“But it was unbelievable, I haven’t laughed that much in a long time.”
Strictly Maggie’s is an event based on the hit TV show Strictly Come Dancing. 15 participants dance with a professional dancer from Merralls. They compete to crown Strictly Maggie’s Champions 2021.
Shirley Ballas said, “I know what it feels like to be affected by cancer because close members of my family have been diagnosed with cancer and have had cancer treatment and surgery.
“I have also lost loved ones to cancer, so I understand that the support Maggie’s provides is really needed.
“I was involved in Strictly Maggie’s 2019 and was very happy that an extraordinary amount was raised and that so many families could be supported.
“When it became known that Maggie’s would be hosting the event again, I just knew I had to be there.
“People felt the devastating effects of living with cancer during the pandemic, but Maggie’s continues to be there for these people when they need it most.
“I love going back to my hometown and it’s great to be supporting a local charity.”
Strictly Maggie’s takes place at Liverpool Football Club on Sunday 28 November from 6pm.
Tickets cost £ 60 per person and include a welcome drink and a 3-course meal. You can buy tickets online at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/strictly-maggies-tickets-184947030547 or call the center on 01513344301.
Maggie’s is looking for companies to sponsor the event. If you are interested in supporting the event, please contact [email protected]