Out of this world plan for tragic mum Emma

Photo Neil Cross'Cancer fighter Emma Grandison at home with her daughter Erin and husband Ian celebrating the Christmas she thought she wouldn't see after being diagnosed with terminal cancer last summer.
Photo Neil Cross'Cancer fighter Emma Grandison at home with her daughter Erin and husband Ian celebrating the Christmas she thought she wouldn't see after being diagnosed with terminal cancer last summer.
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The loving husband of brave cancer fighter Emma Grandison today told how important it is that her name lives on.

Ian Grandison, 32, from Longton spoke as friends of the young mum took part in a huge charity kayak in her memory.

Emma died peacefully in St Catherine’s Hospice, with Ian by her side in February this year, she was just 32.

Today Ian said he and their daughter Erin have their good and bad days. He said: “We miss her, it is tough.”

And he also revealed that in a bid to go out with a bang - Emma is being made into a firework.

He said: “We will have close friends and family round and fire her off. It’s surprising what’s available. She had spoken to the funeral people about it.”

Emma was diagnosed with terminal cancer when she was 16 weeks’ pregnant with her first child, Erin Rose.

After she found out the devastating news she had bowel cancer and secondary cancer of the liver, Emma married Ian and Erin was born 15 weeks early on November 5, 2013.

She spent five months in the neonatal unit before going home in April last year.

Emma’s positive attitude inspired many people and she received support from all corners of the globe, in particular from her family and friends.

At Christmas she told the Evening Post she needed just ‘one more miracle’, but it was not meant to be.

Ian said: “We are doing well, Erin pulls me through, there’s never a quiet moment when she’s about.

“Friends and family have been helping each other out. I know they like coming down and seeing Erin, it helps them.

“There’s part of Emma in her, it makes them feel good to see her.

“Everyone has been doing their own bits for charity work.”

Ian now faces the daunting prospect of raising Erin without his wife.

He is currently off work from his job at BAE and said his employers had been ‘really good’ throughout.

He said: “No one is going to forget Emma. The charity work is to help to give back to the people that helped us in our toughest of times.

“It just keeps her name going, everybody doing the fundraising.

“Everyone gets together at the events who we wouldn’t see as much as we would do. It’s a good chance to all get together and have a good time and raise money in the process.”

Ian added: “She was a very loving, caring, courageous person. She would do anything for anybody. She was very kind, she always said there was not enough love in the world.”

“She had some of the best weeks she had had for months over Christmas and New Year, she was brilliant.

“It was special, we didn’t think we would have one Christmas together, so to have two

But at the end of January results showed the treatment had not worked and Emma would have just weeks to live.

“Emma had felt like something had changed in the New Year - she had been in lots of pain,” Ian said.

“I don’t think you can prepare. When they told us it was a few weeks I was surprised how much it hit me. I thought I had got my head around it, but she had been so well.

Friends of Emma have recently taken part in a 127 mile Kayak to raise funds for the Rosemere Cancer Foundation and the Neonatal unit at the Royal Preston Hospital which both helped the family.

Alun Clarke and Des Sherliker set off on the six-day charity challenge along the Leeds Liverpool Canal last Thursday.

Alun, of Leyland, Des, of Chorley, backup support Warren Bolton, of Lostock Hall, and John Winder, of Preston, all work for Springfields Fuels, where Emma worked.

Hundreds of people attended Emma’s funeral at Charnock Richard Crematorium. She arrived in a camper van in a sky blue coffin and the humanist cermeony saw a video played of her talking to her friends and family.

Ian said he had thought Emma had organised all of her funeral but actually she hadn’t.

Smiling, he said: “It probably took my mind of it.

“She wouldn’t want everybody sad, she wanted it to be a celebration.

“She had done everything she wanted to do, it’s amazing to get to that. Especially so young. A lot of people a lot older in similar situations wish they could be like that.”

“She didn’t want people to see her as being ill, whenever she was out, even if she was having a bad day you wouldn’t know. She would put a brave face on.”

Here are our previous stories about Emma’s inspirational fight

Emotional farewell to cancer fighter Emma Grandison

Brave Preston cancer fighter loses battle for life

Terminal cancer mum defies odds to see another Christmas

Cancer battler Emma brings baby home

Feisty females in the battle against cancer

Joy and heartbreak of first time mother with terminal cancer