Former BBC North West presenter Beccy Barr pays tribute to teacher who lost her battle with breast cancer

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A former BBC North West presenter who has been diagnosed with incurable cancer has paid tribute to a teacher who lost her battle with it.

Beccy Barr from Lancaster said she had reconnected with teacher Kate Rackham, 39, who was diagnosed with oestrogen-receptive breast cancer.

Former BBC newsreader Beccy Barr from Lancaster said she had reconnected with teacher Kate Rackham, 39, who was diagnosed with oestrogen-receptive breast cancer.Former BBC newsreader Beccy Barr from Lancaster said she had reconnected with teacher Kate Rackham, 39, who was diagnosed with oestrogen-receptive breast cancer.
Former BBC newsreader Beccy Barr from Lancaster said she had reconnected with teacher Kate Rackham, 39, who was diagnosed with oestrogen-receptive breast cancer. | UGC

Join our new WhatsApp Community to get the latest news and top stories from across Lancashire directly to your phone. The Manchester-based teacher, who shared updates on her life with her 17,000 followers on the X platform, helped set up the Fighting to be Heard charity to raise awareness of the condition and provide support for those with the condition.

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Kate Rackham, 39, who was diagnosed with oestrogen-receptive breast cancer.Kate Rackham, 39, who was diagnosed with oestrogen-receptive breast cancer.
Kate Rackham, 39, who was diagnosed with oestrogen-receptive breast cancer. | Kate Rackham

A post on her account on Thursday read: “If you’re reading this, it means I have died. But do not cry for me. I have lived my life on my own terms, the way I have wanted to.”

Beccy, who is in her forties, attended the same school and has been diagnosed with abdominal cancer, posted a tribute, saying: “In recent months we reconnected and she was incredibly empathic and supportive of my terminal diagnosis as she handled her own.

“What a wonderful woman.”

Nicola Nuttall, whose daughter Laura, 23, died of brain cancer while achieving a bucket list of ambitions, posted that she was "heartbroken that we’ve lost this truly incredible woman".

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