Grimsby Telegraph

Family and friends bid farewell to Pink Rose Appeal’s Tracy Grant



FRIENDS and family gathered in pink to mark the last journey of Tracy Grant, who lost her courageous battle with cancer at the beginning of the month. Tracy, the face of Grimsby’s Pink Rose Appeal’s, had an extraordin­ary impact on cancer care facilities in the local area after helping to raise £250,000 in six months for the facility in 2007. Her tireless work over 15 years of fundraisin­g helped create the Pink Rose suite at Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital where women can go for breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.

She was inspired to begin this work after being diagnosed with cancer herself in 2007 after visiting the temporary screening facility that was housed in the car park of the hospital. Although Tracy was clear of cancer in 2007, it sadly returned in 2016.

She died aged 58 at her home in Ashby Road, Cleethorpe­s, on April 1, with her family by her side.

The service at Grimsby Crematoriu­m yesterday was a vibrant affair fitting for a life lived to its fullest.

In line with Tracy’s wishes, mourners wore items of pink with the men wearing pink ties or pink shirts and many of the women in pink dresses.

A release of pink balloons was also held.

The music similarly reflected Tracy’s love for the louder things in life with applause as she was brought in to

Avicii’s “Waiting for Love” and a moment of reflection to Justin Bieber’s “Ghost”.

Celebrant and NHS colleague Paul Watson led tributes: “We come together today to celebrate a life of love that touched so many other people and the love that Tracy brought to us will always live on.

“We’ve lost a remarkable lady with a smile that could light up any room. “Tracey was one of those work colleagues that always went that extra mile in her work, she also always brought that fantastic smile and a devilish sense of humour.

“One of the best things I can say about Tracy in her work is that if I was ever ill, I would want her by my side supporting me.

“She loved and cared for her family and had a dark sense of humour that you have to have in her line of work, she also had just enough of a touch of OCD to build a lovely home for her family. “It was a home full of laughter and love where she lived happily with her family for many years.”

Tracy was born in Grimsby on May 15, 1962, and first worked at a butchers shop before beginning her long associatio­n with care work.

She worked as a ward nurse and in Ashlea Court care home before taking g a

short break from m her career to o have her daughter then returning to care work at the A&E E department. Tracy first me her husband John hn when she worked rked on the orthopaedi­c aedic ward in the hospital and he was a patient being treated for or back pain. A few years later they met up again. The couple married more than 21 years ago. They have a daughter Evie, 20, who set aside her university career to care for her mother in her final year of illness.

Mr Watson said: “Sadly Tracy and her family’s lives were turned upside down in 2007 when it was discovered after a visit to a grim Portacabin in the hospital car park that she had cancer. “It was just like Tracy though to turn a negative into a positive and she began working tirelessly to fundraise for the Pink Rose Appeal, in just six months they’d raised £250,000.

“If there was anyone that was going to leave such a massive legacy like this it was going to be Tracy. The work that has been done gives hope, we’ll never know kn how many thousands t of lives l she has helped. h “Tracy was a u unique and w warm person wh who was the life and soul of the part party.

“Sh “She was the definition of t true friend and a shining lig light in the lives of so many others. oth A true lady with a lovely smile that lit up every room that she was in.”

In August 2016 routine blood tests spotted a problem with Tracy’s health and she underwent scans. She started chemothera­py and treatment continued in 2017.

Sadly, the following year she developed seizures. Specialist neurosurge­on Mr Chittoor Rajaraman carried out surgery to remove tumours from her brain in May last year.

Tracy is survived by husband John and daughter Evie alongside her brother Mark Hanks, sister Joanne Chester and their mum Annie Hanks. Sadly father John Hanks died in 2007. Donations at her funeral were collected in aid of Marie Curie and for Macmillan Cancer Care.

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The service for Tracy Grant, inset, at Grimsby Crematoriu­m was a vibrant affair, fitting for a life lived to its fullest.

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