Husband’s thanks as £11,000 is raised for cancer centre

The husband of a 42-year-old mother-of-two who passed away earlier this year has thanked people for their support after raising more than £11,000 in her memory – and has urged people to do all they can to support local charities.

Dean Gill with Kate’s Mum Carol Hardy and sister Kelly Griffiths, present the cheque to Di Evanson who helped care for Kate at the Lingen Davies Cancer Centre.
Dean Gill with Kate’s Mum Carol Hardy and sister Kelly Griffiths, present the cheque to Di Evanson who helped care for Kate at the Lingen Davies Cancer Centre.

Dean Gill, from Welshpool, lost his wife Kate to cancer following a lengthy battle against the disease, during which she underwent radiotherapy treatment at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital’s Lingen Davies Cancer Centre.

More than £11,000 was raised at Kate’s funeral, of which £3,733 went to the Lingen Davies Cancer Fund which supports cancer patients throughout Shropshire and Mid Wales.

The Gill’s family and friends have been fundraising in her honour and an upcoming event at Welshpool Golf Club will boost that figure further.

“I want to say a big thank you to everyone for their support,” Dean said.

“I’m really pleased my wife has left a legacy to benefit others, I would like to do more fundraising to honour her memory in the future.

"People take charities for granted, the Lingen Davies Centre is at the heart of the hospital and it’s so vital for patients.

"It’s not been an easy time but it was made easier by being able to get radiotherapy treatment in Shrewsbury.

"We are very grateful that the Lingen Davies Centre was there, otherwise we could have been going backwards and forwards to Birmingham or Stoke.

“A hard situation would have been so much harder if the centre wasn’t there, it really eased the pressure and we would like to say an enormous thank you to everyone there in particular Di Evanson who looked after Kate for a long time,” he added.

Helen Knight, Development Manager for Lingen Davies Cancer Fund, said: “We’d like to say a big thank you to the Gill family for their support, we’re so very sorry for their loss.”

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