Published: 12:41, 12 October 2021
| Updated: 14:58, 12 October 2021
Tributes have been paid to a much-loved mum-of-three after her death from breast cancer aged just 35.
Nicola Biddiscombe was eight months pregnant with her third child when she was diagnosed with stage three triple negative breast cancer in April.
The 35-year-old, who lived in Gravesend and worked as a carer at Gravesham Community Hospital, paused treatment and had her chemotherapy put on hold so she could safely deliver her daughter Jasmine.
But by the time her care was resumed the cancer had now spread to her lungs, skin and liver and had become terminal.
Nicola and partner Todd Miller, who are also parents to Delilah, six, and Rudi, two, were told a potentially life-extending drug, Trodelvy – currently only available in the US – could provide them with precious extra time all together.
Family and friends took on a mammoth series of fundraising activities, including a sponsored walk, charity football match, and Ben Nevis hike, raising £210,000 in total.
But on Sunday, just days after her 35th birthday and after starting a dosage of special treatments, her family broke the tragic news that Nicola had sadly passed away.
Dad, Peter said: "She will forever be in our hearts and her spirit will live on all around us, especially in her young children."
"As Nicola's dad and on behalf of her loving family, I would like to thank all the lovely kind hearted people who donated money to our brave girl's cause."
He said the family intended to carry on with planned fundraising activities to reach their goal of £250,000.
Funds will be put towards supporting Nicola's children and a cancer charity supporting kids with the disease in line with his daughter's last wishes.
Following news of her passing, hundreds of tributes poured in online for the young mum-of-three who was praised throughout for her bravery and spirit and was described by her partner as a "phenomenal" mum.
One message said: "Absolutely devastated to hear the sad news. I have watched Nic grow from a toddler into a beautiful young woman.
"She is loved so much by everyone that knew her and will be missed always."
Another added: "I am so very sorry to be reading this, heaven has gained a beautiful angel. I know I don't have the words to make it all seem better, remember all the happy memories made and treasure them forever in your heart."
Meanwhile others reflected on one of Nicola's last appearances in public at a charity walk organised by friends.
They said: "Nic fought so hard with that beautiful smile on her face.
"Her appearance at the walk, which was organised by her truly incredible close friends, was fabulous for her to see how much love there is for her and her lovely family. RIP beautiful girl."