Right up until Saturday, Nicole was happy and her usual upbeat self, planning her next fundraising event. We are so proud of everything she achieved and the legacy she leaves.
Nicole loved the glitz and adored the people she met along the way. Nicole died peacefully in hospital. Lee and I thank everyone for their kind thoughts and best wishes, and the hospital staff for the care and kindness they showed us.
Funeral plans will be announced in the near future. To keep to Nicole’s dream alive we would request donations in lieu of flowers to be made at www.justgiving.com/nicolesfund.
Jackie and Lee Dryburgh
Nicole Dryburgh (21), author and Teenage Cancer Trust fundraiser died suddenly on Sunday 16 May after suffering a brain hemorrhage.
Nicole’s extraordinary battle through cancer, losing the use of her legs, her hearing and her sight was fought with grace and humour and at her 21st birthday in February 2010 she celebrated three years in remission. Nicole’s wit, enthusiasm for life and drive to change the lives of young people with cancer inspired many.
Nicole authored two books, received a Diana Award in 2009 and was a treasured member of Teenage Cancer Trust staff. Most recently, she received the inaugural Anne Frank/Miep Gies award, given in recognition of people who perform the most courageous acts in the most frightening situations. She was a massive fan of Coronation Street, chocolate and all things pink.
Nicole was a passionate and dynamic fundraiser. Through Nicole’s Fund, set up to fund a Teenage Cancer Trust unit at the Royal Marsden Hospital in Surrey, she raised over £74,000. Prior to this she raised £43,000 to fund ‘Nicole’s Sweet’, a paediatric neuro-rehabilitation suite on Lion Ward at King’s College Hospital.
Nicole was supported in her life and her fundraising by her mum Jackie, brother Lee and her much loved dogs Daizy and Molly.
Jackie and Lee Dryburgh, said: ” Nicole’s website and Justgiving page will remain open, true to her spirit.”