Kat celebrates milestone with fundraising party
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.