Phil Tickle: Parents pay tribute to 'much-loved Farnworth character'

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For the last two weeks, BBC Radio Manchester has taken a journey across Greater Manchester's 10 boroughs to meet some of the region's most inspiring people.

Since compiling the series, we have been informed that one of those featured has since died. His family told us they still wanted the article about him to be published.

When he was a 10-year-old schoolboy in 1984, Phil Tickle from Farnworth, Bolton survived a bus crash in which three of his friends were killed.

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Image caption Phil (front) pictured with a friend, Michelle

The accident left him with a brain injury and hearing problems which forever changed his life.

Phil lived at home with his parents Linda and Tom and their spaniel puppy Chester. He also had a devoted older sister, Wendy.

On 28 December 2014 he broke his back after slipping on black ice. Complications developed during surgery and he passed away on 6 January.

Before Christmas, he spoke to BBC Radio Manchester about his hopes and dreams for the future, including his ambition to get into politics. He wanted to set up a party to help some of the most vulnerable people in his local community.

The former Cherry Tree Primary School and St James' CoE High School pupil said: "Being in the accident gave me empathy and an ability to listen to other people.

"Because of what I've suffered, I know how to help others who are suffering."

He recently enjoyed his 40th birthday with friends and said he had a great night out - his local newspaper, the Bolton Evening News, described him as a "much loved Farnworth character".

And Linda said: "He was a wonderful son - we're struggling to come to terms with what's happened. We're missing him so much."

Previous stories in the Tales of the 10 series

Monday, 12 January: Coping with Jack's diagnosis (Wigan)

Tuesday, 13 January: Hitting rock bottom (Stockport)

Wednesday, 14 January: Living with Parkinson's Disease (Oldham)

Thursday, 15 January: 'I waited nine years for answers' (Trafford)

Friday, 16 January: 'Cherish your precious moments' (Manchester)

Monday, 19 January: 'Craig would be flabbergasted' (Salford)

Tuesday, 20 January: 'My family are really proud of me' (Rochdale)

Wednesday, 21 January: 'Continuing Super Josh's amzing legacy' (Bury)

Thursday, 22 January: Reuben's legacy 'will outlive us' (Tameside)

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