59-year-old Nick lived in Cheshire with wife Suzi and their dog, Oscar. He has two children Katie and Ben and grandson William.
Nick was first diagnosed with throat cancer in early 2009 which after further tests also revealed lung cancer. He underwent laser surgery and a lobectomy to remove part of his right lung. The lung cancer returned in 2011 with secondary tumors spreading to the spine, giving him a terminal prognosis of 3-12 months.
In December 2012 Nick started having seizures and found the cancer had spread to his brain. Nick underwent intense radiotherapy with challenging side effects. The cancer continued to spread to his adrenal gland, liver, pelvis and bones.
Throughout his battle, Nick never lost his courage or sense of humour. In 2012 his first novel ‘Off Plan’ was published. Nick donated the proceeds of sales to Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation.
He was passionate about making a difference and spoke on radio, raised money and appeared in a lung cancer awareness television advert and filmed a video for an ITV documentary.
Nick's portrait represents his brave attitude to his cancer battle. He is proudly wearing the 'Bobby Jones Green Jacket' which he was awarded by Wallasey Golf Club in 2012 for personifying the Bobby Jones Values of honesty, integrity and humility.
Nick said his cancer journey had brought him new opportunities to be ‘alive’ and he felt privileged to be part of Rankin’s inspiring exhibition.
On 17th February 2014 Nick died peacefully in Suzi’s arms and surrounded by his close family after developing pneumonia.
Nick’s family and friends are continuing his fund raising activities for Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, in honour of Nick.