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‘Be brave, be strong’

Created on 09/02/2021 @ 12:26


It was one of the largest outpourings of grief and support that Welshpool has ever witnessed, and the charitable fund set up in memory of local ‘superwoman’ Kate Gill has broken through £10,000.

Courageous Kate, 42, lost her 10-year battle with a brain tumour in January, but mourners came out in socially-distanced force to line the route from her Borfa Green home to the church, and onto her final resting place at Maesgwastad Cemetery.

The town has continued its support for her husband Dean, teenage sons Harvey and Dillon, and the Hardy family by contributing an incredible £10,400 so far to a memorial fund to raise funds for Lingen Davies, Macmillan Nurses and the Welshpool District Nurses.

“It is truly staggering to see the amount of money raised in such desperate times for a lot of people,” said Dean. “The turnout for her funeral was incredible and this will help our family’s healing process in the hard times we have ahead.

“Myself, my boys and family would like to thank everyone for the cards, flowers and messages of support. In these strange and hard times, the people of the town and beyond really have shown love and generosity beyond belief.”

Kate’s ability to bounce back from her treatments over the years, whilst handling her set backs head on with a constant smile and without a moan rightly earned her the ‘superwoman’ nickname that was emblazoned across social media profiles on the day of her funeral.

She was also admired for her selfless work with local causes, particularly supporting junior sport in the town through endless hours of volunteering.

“In her 10-year battle with this cruel disease, her motto was ‘Be Brave Be Strong’ which she certainly was and she has left a legacy which will help others that me and our boys can be proud of.

“We are really pleased to be able to give back to those charities that did so much for us and continues to do so for many other people every single day. They are our heroes and deserve as much support as we can all give.

“Were so lucky to have the Lingen Davies centre nearby along with the wonderful Macmillan Nurses who guide you through everything with so much dignity.

“The district nurses do an amazing job under such difficult circumstances. Nothing is too much trouble for them and in my wife’s last days they cared for her admirably, and that is why it means so much to us to see the support that people have shown, and we want to do much more for them in the future too.”

If you would like to support the fund set up in Kate’s memory, the details are: 

Name: Kelly Griffiths

Sort code: 20-61-08

Account number: 33236153


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