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Brave Ann-Marie, 32, loses battle with cervical cancer after inspiring others to fulfil their dreams

INSPIRING: Ann-Marie Noble

INSPIRING: Ann-Marie Noble

A BRAVE young woman who inspired others by being determined to fulfil her dreams despite battling cervical cancer has lost her courageous fight for life.

RAF flight lieutenant Ann-Marie Noble, from Hartlepool, died on Sunday – just two weeks after her 32nd birthday.

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

In June she spoke to the Mail and urged other women and girls to go for a smear test to reduce their chances of cervical cancer.

She had also told of how she had drawn up a “bucket list” of around 30 things she wanted to do in what time she had left.

But a message placed on Ann-Marie’s Facebook page by her family on Monday read: “It is with great sadness to inform you that on the 15th of December 2013, Ann-Marie sadly lost her battle with cancer.”

Courageous Ann-Marie said in June: “I don’t feel any different. You’ve just got to have a positive attitude.

“But having terminal cancer has made me realise how much good there is in the world – people have been so supportive. I just want to enjoy my life – enjoy every minute.”

In a candid video interview with the Mail at the time, she spoke of her work to raise awareness, saying: “If one person gets a smear test, it’s all been worth it.”

Ann-Marie was based at RAF Marham in Norfolk, having been in the RAF for five years.

Last month, the Mail told how the former Durham University student, whose parents Ann and Mick Walsh live in West View Road, was back at the family home, after medics told her she couldn’t have any more chemotherapy.

Then, as her condition had deteriorated and doctors could not tell her how long she had, she still bravely said: “Every day is a winner.”

She 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”.

Other items on her list included being a bridesmaid, dancing in a rainstorm, going on a Welsh safari, driving a super-fast car on a track day and learning to bake a souffle.

She also wanted to go swimming in the most tranquil and beautiful place she could find, have afternoon tea at the Ritz, have a dress made by designer Joanne Flemming, take her sister Philippa and nephew Alfie to Disneyland Paris and go on a wing walk, among others.

And kind-hearted organisations had come forward to offer her more experiences, including a trip on the back of a Harley Davidson on Route 66 in America, and Hartlepool Rovers Rugby Club offered her tickets to an England v New Zealand at Twickenham.

Just a month ago, frail Ann-Marie attended the town’s Remembrance Sunday commemorations at Victory Square, laying a wreath for fallen service personnel.

Tributes have poured into Ann-Marie’s Facebook page, including from Sian Harrison who wrote: “Words like ‘brave’ and ‘courageous’ get used far too often, but here’s a woman who lived up to those virtues and inspired others by being incredible in the worst circumstances imaginable.

“Rest in peace Ann-Marie, and thank-you for showing so many of us that life is there to be grabbed hold of & lived to its fullest.”

Ann-Marie also leaves a sister, Melissa Walsh.

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

 

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