'A true gentleman': Tributes to Poulton dad Barney Woolcock after brave battle with cancer

Tributes have poured in for Barney Woolcock
Tributes have poured in for Barney Woolcock

Tributes have been paid to a Poulton dad who has died after being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer last year.

Barney Woolcock was battling Burkitt lymphoma, which affects just 210 people a year in the UK.

Within weeks of his diagnosis, thousands of pounds were raised for the 35-year-old’s children, in a fundraising campaign backed by ex-England footballer Paul Gascoigne.

He was first diagnosed the same day his sister Louise – who died at 21 after her own cancer fight – would have turned 46.

Tributes to Barney poured in on social media from friends and family, describing him as a ‘true gentleman’ and an ‘inspiration’.

His mum Judy said: “It’s just such a shock.”

Athletic dad-of-two Barney was just days shy of his 10th birthday when Louise died after a three-year fight against rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare soft tissue cancer, at the age of just 21.

He posted on Facebook to say he had been admitted to Trinity Hospice on April 6.