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‘Brave’ student facing terminal diagnosis achieves bucket list dream

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A brave and positive Lancashire woman has recently ticked off another bucket list dream.

Laura Nuttall, a second year Manchester University politics, philosophy and economics student was diagnosed with Glioblastoma, a fast-growing and aggressive tumour that invades brain tissue in Autumn 2018 after experiencing headaches.

While undergoing chemotherapy, radiotherapy and flying to Germany every four weeks for immunotherapy, which isn’t available on the NHS, the 21-year-old is raising money as an ambassador for the Brain Tumour Charity and completing an inspirational journey of accomplishments through her bucket list.

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Laura has seen Sir Paul McCartney in concert, met Michelle Obama, been on a safari tour in South Africa and recently inspired comeback shows from Peter Kay to raise funds to help with her treatment.

This weekend, Peter Kay put on two charity gigs in order to help Laura fund the vital treatment she needs in Germany which is helping to prolong her life.

While there are experiences on Laura’s bucket list that have taken her around the world, there are others closer to home, such as an excursion to the Heinz Beans factory in Wigan.

One of Laura’s wishes was to experience operating a crane. So, her grandmother, Heather, contacted Ainscough Crane Hire, based in Standish, who were more than happy to help.

In order to make Laura’s experience extra special, and under expert supervision, Ainscough’s Heavy Cranes team arranged for Laura to operate the levers of a CC2800 600t Crawler Crane at the company’s Leyland depot – the largest crane in Ainscough’s fleet.

The crane is so large that it can take up to 28 trucks to mobilise it and it requires a second crane to help build it.

Laura was able to lift a 10t ballast slab and track the Crawler Crane across a test area.

Ainscough ensured Laura received “VIP treatment” and she is now one of the few people in the country to have operated the crane. She operated the levers under supervision and was able to lift a ballast slab during her visit.

Laura said: “After I was diagnosed with brain cancer, I had to give up my driver’s license, so I decided I would try to drive everything and anything I could! I’ve driven mainstream things like a bus and a few HGV’s and I thought, why not see if you could operate a crane too!”

Chris Britton, Heavy Cranes senior operations manager at Ainscough Crane Hire, said: “Being a part of Laura’s inspiring story has been a huge honour for us. We’re so pleased she enjoyed her experience on the crane, and would like to extend an open invitation if she would ever like to return.”

Chris described Laura as a “brave and positive individual that has accomplished so much for someone so young”.

He added:”We look forward to watching her continue to fulfil her bucket list.”

Laura is currently fundraising in the hope of raising £80,000 for further treatment which is not available on the NHS. To find out more, please visit: https://www.gofundme.com/f/doing-it-for-laura-2021.

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