A North Devon jouster who is fighting ovarian cancer to get back in the saddle has pledged her support to the North Devon Cancer and Wellbeing Centre appeal.

Nicky Margieson is one of the UK's only female jousters.Nicky Margieson is one of the UK's only female jousters.

Nicky Margieson (née Schellander) appeared in the Gazette in June last year when she was crowdfunding for a new cancer treatment.

She has so far raised nearly £50,000 and said she is fairing better than doctors expected on her new treatment. So much so that earlier this year she married her now-husband, Cy.

Nicky is now taking the opportunity to do things she has always wanted to, including planning a trip to Namibia, and recently learning to freedive.

The professional stuntwoman has also begun riding her horse Bailarin again and is training to return to jousting once more.

Nicky Margieson on BBC Two's Hospital programme last year, which kicked off her crowdfunding campaign for treatment.Nicky Margieson on BBC Two's Hospital programme last year, which kicked off her crowdfunding campaign for treatment.

The 45-year-old credits much of her new lease of life to a holistic approach, incorporating lots of yoga, alternative therapies and taking immune-boosting vitamins and supplements.

Nicky, from Swimbridge, said she would never have been able to afford this without the crowdfunding, and believes having these services at the new centre will be important for cancer patients in North Devon.

“I think there are two types of people when it comes to cancer,” said Nicky.

“Those that go out an accept their illness and keep living, and grab life; I feel I am one of those positive people.

How the new Over and Above Cancer and Wellbeing Centre will look.How the new Over and Above Cancer and Wellbeing Centre will look.

“But there are also those that get quite depressed and slide into not managing their illness and becoming quite isolated.

“Those people can be harder to reach and this centre is going to be so important for them.”

Nicky provides mentoring for cancer patients, and said she hopes to be a part of the new centre when it opens.

“What has been frustrating for me is that in North Devon, and generally, there’s a lack of help for partners and family members.

Nicky Margieson is hoping to get back to jousting.Nicky Margieson is hoping to get back to jousting.

“Partners often become full-time carers, as well as holding down a job, and there is no support, so I think this will be a really important aspect of the centre.”

As well as supporting the £1.5million appeal, Nicky is also doing a skydive on Saturday, Auguts 4, for Bristol-based charity Penny Brohn UK, which has helped her during her treatment.

You can sponsor Nicky as she takes on her fear of heights at: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/NickyMargieson