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Oh Boy .what a surprise; Project's special treat for tragic gran.

Byline: HELEN RAE

A GRANDMOTHER with a terminal lung disease was given a birthday treat to remember when she got to meet her favourite band Boyz II Men.

Lynda Rann, of Jarrow, South Tyneside, met the members of the chart-topping American group when they performed at The Sage Gateshead on Wednesday.

The concert ticket and backstage pass was arranged for Lynda by Tyneside social housing provider Home Group. Lynda suffers from the lung disease bronchiectasis and is part of Home Group's A Good Death pilot project - which is aimed at helping those with a terminal illness die with dignity in their homes rather than in a hospital or hospice.

The grandmother-of-one, who celebrated her 55th birthday yesterday, was over the moon to catch up with the group before their North East performance.

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Lynda said: "I'm delighted that I had the chance to meet Boyz II Men.

"I've been a very big 1fan since they first started.

"I've seen them once before but I was at the back of the hall so I didn't get a good view. To meet the band face-to-face was a real privilege.

"I was a little bit nervous at meeting them but the group soon put me at ease.

"It's been a real highlight and a wonderful early birthday present from Home Group and The Sage Gateshead, who made it all happen."

The mum-of-two, who has to rely on oxygen cylinders to ease her breathing, has also been provided with a new bed to make life more comfortable at home and also a Dictaphone to allow her to record final messages to loved ones.

Studies show that 65% of terminally ill people would prefer to die at home but less than 20% do so.

The A Good Death scheme is a nine-month trial which started in September.

It is being funded by the North East Health Innovation Cluster and Newcastle Science City.

Rachael Byrne, Home Group's executive director of care and support, said: "Making people's end-of-life experience more comfortable is a part of the A Good Death scheme. We aim to give them the support they and their loved ones need to be able to pass away in familiar and comfortable surroundings. "But helping them achieve their goals is also important.

"It's been a pleasure organising this for Lynda and we're grateful to The Sage Gateshead for helping us make this happen."

Any resident who wants to be considered for the A Good Death pilot should call Jeannie Penman on 07739 303201.

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
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Date:Feb 3, 2012
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