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Why I support the RUH – Kate’s story

I live in Royal Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire and began supporting The Forever Friends Appeal two years ago after my husband passed away from cancer.

My husband David was a patient at the RUH and after many tests he was diagnosed with stomach cancer. He had chemotherapy and two major operations and initially he was given the all clear, but twelve months later, the cancer returned and concluded in a terminal diagnosis.

David spent a lot of time on the William Budd ward and was given the very best care by all the staff.  He passed away in 2009 at 58 years old.  Then in 2017, my son Colin was diagnosed with lung cancer, that turned out to be terminal and he passed away at the start of this year.

My children asked me what I would like to do for my 70th birthday and as I didn’t want a party or presents, I crazily decided to do 70 challenges to fundraise for the four charities who supported the care of my husband and son.  So far, I’ve shaved my head, held bake sales, walked a marathon for Walk of Life, been rescued by dog for Newfoundland Dog Dive and trekked part of the Great Wall of China.  I’m proud to have raised £3,000 to date towards the new Cancer Centre.

I cannot thank the staff at the RUH enough for the wonderful care given to my late husband and also, The Forever Friends Appeal team who have become forever friends.

If you would like to make a donation to help patients affected by cancer, you can make a donation Here.

Thank you.