TRIBUTES have been paid to a popular and successful businesswoman and mum who has lost her battle with cancer aged just 36.
Gaynor Lyon, from Garswood, died last week in Whiston Hospital after a two-year fight against breast cancer.
Mum-of-two Gaynor forged a successful career in international business consultancy, with tributes to her flooding in from around the world on social media.
Her devastated family has now set up an online fund to help her young daughters Esme, two, and Isla, one, which has already reached almost £3,000.
Her dad Ian Campbell, from Ashton in Makerfield, said: “She was five months pregnant with her second baby when she found out she had breast cancer. It was a rare form of the disease and very aggressive, it was almost impossible to cure it.
“She had all kinds of trials and was in an out of hospital but she never let the kids see that she was in pain.
“She was a lovely girl and it is absolutely devastating. She was so brave and she never gave in. She kept battling even when the doctors told her enjoy more time with her family, she just said that made her more determined.
“We’ve set up the fund for the children’s upbringing. We’re pensioners and the future terrifies us, Gaynor was only 36 and if it can happen to her it can happen to anyone.
“To have raised almost £3,000 already is fantastic. It just shows how well thought of she was, I didn’t realise how popular she was. It’s so sad but I’m so proud of her.”
Gaynor went to university and gained two Master’s degrees, one from Liverpool John Moores University and one from a higher education institution in Spain.
She went on to work for a hugely-successful international business consultancy start-up and travelled all over the world, including meeting the president of Chile.
The family also hit the local media headlines in 2013 when daughter Esme was the North West’s first baby to be born on New Year’s Day, arriving in the world at Whiston Hospital just 12 minutes after midnight.
Tributes have flooded in on the Just Giving website set up to help the children, where the total now stands at £2,990.
Mark Beresford wrote: “Thanks for the laughs we once shared. The two girls can grow up knowing you always brought a smile to work, always strived for the best and were a wonderful role model. RIP Gaynor.”
Tony Aggarwal said: “Our Gaynor, We love you. We will miss you dearly. You will live on in our memories. Your spirit continues through Esme and Isla.”
Joanne Ainsworth said: “Heart broken for you all. Especially those gorgeous girls. Rest in peace Gaynor, a beautiful person like you did not deserve to have to fight and then lose such a horrific battle.”
Her funeral is on Wednesday December 9. She is survived by her husband Andrew, her parents Ian and Pauline, her brother Paul and daughters Esme and Isla.
To donate to the fund or find out more, visit crowdfunding.justgiving.com/pc0