Hartlepool mum backs cervical cancer campaign in memory of RAF girl

MEMORY: Ann-Marie Noble (above and below)
MEMORY: Ann-Marie Noble (above and below)

A MUM has backed a cervical cancer campaign in memory of her beautiful daughter.

RAF flight lieutenant Ann-Marie Noble, from Hartlepool, died, aged 32, on December 15, 2013, after a battle with cancer of the cervix.

Ann Marie Noble

Ann Marie Noble

The former English Martyrs School and Hartlepool Sixth Form College student had continued her zest for life despite receiving the devastating news she had terminal cervical cancer in the April of that year.

In the months before she passed away, Ann-Marie spoke to the Mail and urged other women and girls to go for smear tests to reduce their chances of contracting the disease. She also inspired the town with her positivity as she drew up a “bucket list” of around 30 things she wanted to do in what time she had left.

Now though, Ann-Marie’s mum, Anne Walsh, 54, of West View Road, has teamed up with town charity Music v Cancer - which worked with her daughter before her death - to launch a cervical cancer campaign.

And the project will kick off at Middleton Grange Shopping Centre, in Hartlepool, tomorrow, with Anne, members of the family, and other volunteers, handing out 500 posters and 20,000 post cards emblazoned with Ann Marie’s image and messages about the importance of women having smears.

Ann, a mum-of-three from West View Road, in Hartlepool, said: “When Ann-Marie found out she was terminal, her main aim was to promote cervical cancer awareness and for women to go and get their smear tests.

“A lot don’t because of embarrassment or inconvenience. But so many women die from this, and those at high risk include those aged from 30 to 39.”

She added: “The main aim of this is to remember Ann-Marie. It’s only just over a year since she passed away and it’s still very hard.

“A lot of people knew Ann-Marie and we hope that helps to get the message across.”

Tony Larkin, from Music v Cancer, said: “We helped Ann Marie with her bucket list, such as having a designer dress made by Joanna Fleming and also to meet Terry Wogan and she actually appeared on his show in London.

“We knew how passionate Ann-Marie was about spreading the word about cervical cancer and we wanted to do a campaign in her memory.

“We have had something like 500 posters produced which we are going to distribute around the town, and also about 20,000 post cards carrying awareness images.”

He added: “We just wanted to pay her back for what she had done. She had a passion to raise awareness.

“It keeps her memory at the forefront of people’s minds which is nice.”

Hartlepool-born Ann-Marie, who was based at RAF Marham in Norfolk, having been in the RAF for five years, managed to fulfil most of her dying wishes, which included meeting BBC Radio 2 broadcaster Terry Wogan, who described Ann-Marie as “Noble by name, noble by nature”.

Ann-Marie had told Wogan a bucket list was “a list of items you dream to do before the day is calling and the bells sound”.

l Anyone looking for cervical cancer support can visit www.jostrust.org.uk