Touched by Angel

Sid and Jackie Ward, with their granddaughter Angel

Sid and Jackie Ward, with their granddaughter Angel

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A LITTLE angel is providing inspiration for a Blackpool woman who has battled breast cancer.

Jackie Ward, 46, of Bispham, was diagnosed with the disease seven years ago, and then faced another challenge when her mother learned she had cancer of the oesophagus.

Jackie’s mum died, aged 67, but following treatment and surgery, Jackie has beaten her disease.

And a new addition to the family has brought new joy to Jackie and her husband Sid.

Son Matthew, 22, and his partner Jayde, 24, became parents of baby Angel, in December, the first grandchild for Sid and Jackie.

Sid, 56, who is the security manager at Ribby Hall Village, Wrea Green, is over the moon about his gorgeous grand-daughter.

So much so, he has had an imprint of her tiny hand tattooed over his heart.

“Life can be hard if you let it get to you, but now we have been blessed with our own precious little Angel, who I can keep close to my heart every day. She’s adorable,” said Sid.

Jackie added: “This beautiful child has changed our lives, and has brought so much happiness to us all.

“When I was given the all clear, Sid and I were so grateful and we felt like we were like falling in love all over again.

“But now we have little Angel, we have fallen in love again, this time with her.”

Proud father, hairdresser Matthew, said: “Before the baby was born, on one of the scans we noticed that she was holding up her arms in the shape of an angel.

“So we thought Angel was an appropriate name for our little girl, particularly as Mum has been through so much pain and heartache.

“She lost her own mother, my grandma, to cancer, and Angel has brought renewed love and hope to all the family.”

In appreciation of the nursing care Jackie received, she and Sid, with help from daughter Jessica, 14, have raised almost £50,000 for

Breast Cancer Care.

Sid and Jackie are busy planning the ninth Valentine’s Ball, at Ribby Hall, which takes place on Saturday.

Last year, they were named as the sixth top individual fundraisers for Breast Cancer Care in the country.

For tickets and information about the Valentine’s Ball, please contact Sid on 07850 311671 or email sid.ward@ribbyhall.co.uk