A YOUNG mum has lost her courageous battle with terminal cancer.

Nicole Robinson, who was from Barrow and lived in Askam, leaves behind her cherished six-year-old son Alfie. The 33-year-old, who was a qualified social worker, spent her final days in St Mary's Hospice.

Her friend, Andrea Newton, from Barrow, described her as a ‘wonderful person’ who will ‘leave a hole’ in many people’s hearts.

She said: “Nicole brightened any room she entered with her beautiful smile and infectious laugh.

"She was the most kind, caring and beautiful person (inside and out) and lived for her son Alfie.

"Anybody who met Nicole instantly fell in love with her.

"She had a dry wit and very caring nature.

"She touched a lot of people’s lives for different reasons and was so well loved.”

Mrs Newton, alongside a group of friends, became very close to Miss Robinson during her final few months.

She said: “There was a group of us who talked to Nicole every day about our lives.

"She had been through some very hard times and spent a lot of time in and out of hospital.

“It was very hard not being able to see her because of the Covid-19 restrictions so we began talking a lot more virtually.

“Nicole eventually went into St Mary’s Hospice who gave her absolutely magnificent care.

“They were fantastic and really made her feel comfortable.”

After Miss Robinson’s passing, Mrs Newton set up a GoFundMe page to help raise money for Alfie’s future.

She said: “Nicole was a single parent and, due to her ill health, was unable to work the last couple of years of her life.

“So we would like to help raise some money for Alfie’s future - whether that be for driving lessons, going to university or a flat deposit, anything that can help.

“Nothing financially shall ever replace his mummy, but anything people can give to help his future would be greatly appreciated.

“This little boy has lost his world losing his mummy and nothing will ever replace her.

“Alfie is just like his mummy, a wonderful kind and caring boy with a great sense of humour.

“He was Nicole’s absolute world - she idolised him.

“It was very tough for her being as poorly as she was but she still never took her eye of the ball, right until the end.”

Since launching the page, more than a £1,000 has been donated to help Alfie.

Mrs Newton said the donations were testament to how ‘well-loved’ Nicole was.

She said: “Barrow is very good at coming together as a community.

"Her family has been delighted and overwhelmed by the page. They’re blown away by people’s generosity and see it as a sure sign of how well loved and liked Nicole was by people.”

If you would like to donate visit: https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-raise-money-for-alfie039s-future.