Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Dedicated Mum Would Want Us to Continue Her Charity Work

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Dedicated Mum Would Want Us to Continue Her Charity Work

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Byline: Lindsey Sampson Reporter

TRIBUTES have been paid to a "positive, kind and compassionate" mum who overcame personal heartbreak to dedicate her life to helping children.

Lynne Lawrence was well known across Teesside for the countless hours she put into Victoria's Wish, the charity named after her beloved daughter.

She passed away in James Cook University Hospital, aged 57.


Lynne was taken into the hospital with a urinary tract infection but was found to have cancer and passed away soon after.

Lynne and husband Ian, along with other supporters, set up the charity after the sudden death of 19-year-old Victoria in 2008, to carry on Victoria's own wish of helping poorly children.

The Redcar family had already come through so much when youngest daughter Rebecca, now 21, battled cancer twice as a child - one of the elements which inspired Victoria.

Tributes have poured in to the Lawrences, including the couple's two other daughters Sarah, 33, and Kathryn, 31, from the scores of people who knew and loved Lynne, with many highlighting the joy she brought to so many families through Victoria's Wish.

Ian and Rebecca paid tribute to Lynne, a wife, daughter, mum and nana who won't be forgotten.

Rebecca said: "She had this positive vibe and energy about her. She would talk to all the families with such positivity and compassion and she always knew everybody's name.

"I've always had a special relationship with my mum. She was the one constant thing in my life - she was constantly by my side and always holding my hand, particularly when I was poorly.

"We're now even more determined to keep Victoria's Wish going.

"We know in our hearts that my mum would want us to carry on with the charity.

"We now have two good reasons - for Victoria and for my mum. She spent her life doing everything she could to keep Victoria's memory alive and to make Victoria proud. We're going to do everything we can to keep doing that.

"As an example of just how dedicated she was to the charity, recently people helped us collect something like 16,000 Wish tokens from the Gazette and, even though she was very poorly, she cut out and stuck all those tokens by herself. …

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