Woman first in line to help others loses her battle with cancer

Date: Friday 12th April 2019

A FIERCELY independent Penrith woman, who was always the first in line to help others despite fighting her own battle with cancer, has died at the age of 41.

Nicki Butterworth, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer seven years ago, died on Friday. She had been on an experimental drug trial for two or three years, and hoped her experience would help others after her death.

A mother of two and also a grandmother, Nicki never let her cancer take over her life, despite the gruelling chemotherapy which made her hair fall out, causing her to decide to shave off her trademark pink mohican.

Husband Tony said: “She was fiercely independent to the end. She would do anything to help anyone. That was just Nicki.”

A convoy of motorbikes will leave from Penrith Rugby Club at 1-30pm on Monday (meeting at 1pm) ahead of Nicki’s cremation, which will take place at Carlisle Crematorium at 2-20pm, followed by a wake at Penrith Cricket Club.

Full story in Saturday's paper