Former sunbed addict with terminal cancer will carry friend's coffin

The Bolton News: Natalie Poole with Damien Platt Natalie Poole with Damien Platt

A FORMER sunbed addict with terminal cancer has said he is “honoured” to be carrying his friend Natalie Poole’s coffin at her funeral.

Damien Platt, from Little Hulton, struck up a friendship with the 34-year-old fundraiser as they supported each other through their cancer treatment.

For three years Mr Platt used sunbeds up to twice a week before he spotted a mole on his leg in 2010.

He was diagnosed with melanoma — the deadliest type of skin cancer — before being given just six months to live in March last year.

Despite both having terminal cancer, Mr Platt and Miss Poole, who lost her fight with cervical cancer on Saturday, campaigned to raise awareness while supporting each other through thick and thin — so much so that Miss Poole named him as a pallbearer.

Ex-tradesman Mr Platt said: “I’ve helped Natalie as much as possible along her journey and we became so close, and now I get to carry my darling friend on her last journey. What can be more amazing than that?

“We had a very special bond, one you couldn’t appreciate unless you are in that position. I’m so honoured and so happy Natalie wanted me to do this. It’s going to be such a sad day but I’m so proud of her. She was amazing.”

Mr Platt, aged 32, was diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer in 2010 after years of sunbed use — and despite his terminal diagnosis he is determined to continue campaigning in Miss Poole’s memory.

Mr Platt said: “Natalie raised a lot of money for cervical cancer and I think she probably saved a number of lives along the way as she touched so many people. We both just wanted to help others so no one else needs to deal with this.”

Miss Poole, who lived in Stoneclough, had 20 appointments at Kearsley Medical Centre before she was diagnosed with cervical cancer in July last year. Following chemo-therapy and radiotherapy and an operation, she was told the cancer was terminal.

The estate agent worked tirelessly for charity, raising £17,000 for The Christie and Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust at a fundraiser earlier this year.

Comments (5)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

11:12am Thu 10 Jul 14

jus' visitin says...

Two amazing and very brave people. So sad that Natalie has succumbed to this terrible disease. Keep up the good work Damien and keep on fighting.
Two amazing and very brave people. So sad that Natalie has succumbed to this terrible disease. Keep up the good work Damien and keep on fighting. jus' visitin
  • Score: 75

12:40pm Thu 10 Jul 14

cliff4treasurer says...

seconded.
seconded. cliff4treasurer
  • Score: 35

12:53pm Thu 10 Jul 14

hazdbfs says...

I agree. Total inspirations, both of these young people. They haven't just sat back, feeling sorry for themselves. They have made a difference. Thoughts are with this young lady's family and friends, and with Damian as he continues his journey. Xx
I agree. Total inspirations, both of these young people. They haven't just sat back, feeling sorry for themselves. They have made a difference. Thoughts are with this young lady's family and friends, and with Damian as he continues his journey. Xx hazdbfs
  • Score: 48

9:59am Fri 11 Jul 14

Donkey Stone says...

Tragic and inspiring. Can't say more because of the huge lump in my throat.
Tragic and inspiring. Can't say more because of the huge lump in my throat. Donkey Stone
  • Score: 6

11:40pm Fri 11 Jul 14

leesa marie says...

heartbroke friend x
heartbroke friend x leesa marie
  • Score: 2

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree