The extraordinary bucket list of Laura Nuttall who died of brain cancer at 23


Lancashire woman met Michelle Obama, commanded a warship, performed with Peter Kay and drove a tank

Very few people would be able to say they had commanded a Royal Navy ship, met Michelle Obama and presented a television weather forecast.

But Laura Nuttall from Barrowford in Lancashire did not let a terminal cancer diagnosis stop her from ticking off an impressive bucket list before her death on Monday at the age of 23.

Went fishing with Paul Whitehouse and Bob Mortimer (she caught a pike, they caught nothing)

Graduated with a 2:1 in politics, philosophy and economics from Manchester University

Driven a monster truck, a bus, a 650-tonne crane, a tractor, a digger and a tank (after her driving licence was revoked due to seizures)

Met Michelle Obama

Had a pub lunch with Peter Kay and danced on stage with him in front of 10,000 people

Had a song dedicated by Johnny Marr

Drove a London Underground tube train

Completed a skydive

Presented the weather on the BBC (“I thought it would be quite easy, but it’s really not.”)

Commanded a Royal Navy warship

Spent a day with police tackling a simulated riot

Travelled to the US

Went on safari in South Africa

Watched the Women’s Euro final at Wembley and received a video message from England captain Leah Williamson

Went sailing around the west coast of Scotland with the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust

Visited the Uncle Joes’s Mint Balls factory in Wigan and also the Heinz factory, receiving tins with her name on

Had a video chat with Malala Yousafzai

Visited the Royal Mint and pressed a 50p coin

Had tea at the Ritz with newscaster Sophie Raworth

Ran a marathon

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