Kat cel­e­brates mile­stone with fundrais­ing party

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

A ‘BRAVE and in­spi­ra­tional’ Kin­lochleven woman has cel­e­brated be­ing 10 years free from cancer by rais­ing more than £ 5,000 for hospi­tal staff who helped save her life.

Kath­leen, or Kat as she is known, was a pupil at Kin­lochleven High School in 2004 when she was di­ag­nosed with leukaemia, aged 13.

Af­ter a bone mar­row trans­plant from her brother failed, an anony­mous donor came for­ward which was suc­cess­ful.

To give some­thing back to the Glas­gow Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal, the 26-year- old or­gan­ised a fundrais­ing party in Chillers at the Ice Fac­tory, Kin­lochleven, last week­end, with a raf­fle and auc­tion.

Top prizes in­cluded in a stay in an hol­i­day cot­tage in Onich, which went for £225, and signed Celtic and Rangers foot­ball tops which sold for £120 each.

The night ended with a show stop­per as Kat was sur­rounded by friends and fam­ily to get her head shaved.

Through var­i­ous other fundrais­ing ef­forts and her char­ity night, Kat has raised £ 5,538 with more still to be counted.

She told the Lochaber Times: ‘I wasn’t ner­vous about get­ting my head shaved, but I got ner­vous when I saw every­one around me with their phones out tak­ing pic­tures.

‘It was good to party with all my friends and fam­ily.

‘There was one friend from Glas­gow who I haven’t seen since I was in the hospi­tal who came which was so nice.

‘I am so happy with how much I have raised. I re­ally didn’t think I would get past the £2,000 mark. I want to keep go­ing and see what else I can do and how much I can raise.’

Kat, in pur­ple, with some of her friends and fam­ily at the fundrais­ing event.

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