Mother of “Inspirational” Campaigner Laura Nuttall Vows to Continue Her Work
The world was left devastated after the passing of Laura Nuttall, a 23-year-old who ticked off her bucket list while living with cancer. Laura was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme, the most aggressive form of brain cancer, in 2018. She was given only 12 months to live but went on to achieve her goals, including meeting Michelle Obama, commanding a Royal Navy ship, graduating from the University of Manchester, and presenting the weather on BBC North West Tonight.
Laura’s mother, Nicola Nuttall, cared for her daughter in her final days and has now vowed to carry on her work. She said that after caring for her daughter, “my job now is to make her proud of me.” Nicola Nuttall has received messages of support from people across the world, including Brazil, Australia, and Costa Rica.
Despite caring for her daughter at home, Nicola Nuttall admits it wasn’t easy. “It is very hard when you nurse someone at home and you see them right to the end as those images are very strong images and they do stay with you,” she said. However, she is choosing to focus on the beautiful memories they’ve shared together. “There’s a lot to be positive about, and lots of amazing things to remember,” she said.
Nicola Nuttall will continue Laura’s work with various charities, saying, “basically, my job now is to make her proud of me.” She began by donating blood just hours after her daughter’s death, as it is something Laura would have wanted. Laura wrote a letter to the Year 6 children at her old school in Barrowford, telling them to “be kind, be brave, be silly, be honest, be happy [and] be you.” Nicola Nuttall said she was surprised to see messages from Costa Rica and Brazil after Laura’s death, using the words Laura had written for the school. She said, “It is incredible that her little life has gone so far.”