Quick off mark over dream list

Ann-Marie Noble poses next to the F1 Jaguar car.
Ann-Marie Noble poses next to the F1 Jaguar car.

A TERMINALLY-ILL cancer sufferer has taken another step towards completing a bucket list of dream experiences.

Ann-Marie Noble told the Mail last month how she was diagnosed with cervical cancer at the age of just 31.

Within 24 hours, Mail readers helped the RAF flight lieutenant, from Hartlepool, secure the £4,000 she needed to be able to afford crippling holiday insurance needed to fulfill her bucket list of once-in-a-lifetime activities – including a ski trip and family holiday.

Also on Ann-Marie’s 30-item bucket list was a dream to drive a “superfast” car on a racing track.

Last week, her wish came true when she drove a single-seater Formula 1-style Jaguar at the PalmerSport racing circuit at Bedford Autodrome at speeds of around 100mph.

“It was amazing,” she said.

She will also have a wing-walking air experience in Cirencester, Gloucestershire, next Thursday, as well as an indoor skydiving experience near Basingstoke, thanks to RAF Cosford, on August 29.

But Ann-Marie has met another stumbling block as she has been unable to find an insurance company who can insure her to travel outside Europe on a US road trip.

She said she has tried various insurance companies specialising in helping cancer victims, as recommended by Macmillan and Cancer Research UK, but some are unable to provide a quote due to her “terminal prognosis”.

One insurance firm even quoted her £15,000.

Ann-Marie, who is based at RAF Marham, in Norfolk, but whose family live in West View Road, Hartlepool, said: “It’s immoral.

“It’s disgraceful, greedy, unethical and disgusting – who has that kind of money to pay for travel insurance?”

After reading our online story about Ann-Marie, Mike Hemming, of Bike Tours for The Wounded, which offers pillion motorcycle rides to sick, injured and wounded service as well as ex-service personnel to ride America’s Route 66 on the back of a Harley Davidson motorcycle, contacted the Mail.

The Mail put him in touch with Ann-Marie, and she has since linked up with Darren Clover, of Ride Route 66, and after receiving the go-ahead from medics, she plans to take the dream motorcycle ride in late September.

But after looking into holiday insurance Ann-Marie has become angry and disheartened at the extortionate costs – and her dream trip looks to be in jeopardy.

“My doctor and oncologists said I can do it, my bloods are fine and I’ve come off the chemotherapy so there shouldn’t be any issues,” said the former English Martyrs School and ex-Hartlepool Sixth Form student.

“But I would like to have the insurance to be able to go on this trip of a lifetime.”