Bittersweet emotions at Katy’s death anniversary

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As the family of courageous Katy Holmes reflect on the day they lost their daughter, their despair is turned into hope as they realise how much has been achieved since her death exactly one year ago.

Katy, 10, of Margaret Road, Penwortham, died only three months after a shock diagnosis of an inoperable brain tumour.

Loving family: David and Paula with Katy's sister Charley

Loving family: David and Paula with Katy's sister Charley

Her parents Paula and David made the difficult decision to shield Katy from the truth and right up until her death, Katy believed she was going to get better.

As a result, she was never frightened during her fight and died peacefully in her sleep at Derian House Children’s Hospice while snuggled up in bed in the middle of her parents.

In the weeks following her death, the community who had been touched by Katy’s story raised £10,000 for the hospice and Katy’s family later launched the Katy Holmes Trust which aims to carry out research into the cause and treatment of paediatric brain tumours to spare other families the same anguish.

Today, it has been revealed that the charity has already raised £130,000 thanks to the support of the whole community who have made donations and organised a huge variety of fundraising ventures to support the cause.

Mum Paula said: “We cannot believe how quickly Katy’s first anniversary has come around.

“So much has happened in a year. When we look back over the past year, we can hardly believe that we have come through it.

“The support we have all had from the public and local businesses has been absolutely fantastic and has really helped us to make Katy’s name live on.

“We are filled with such sadness as we re-live this time last year.

“We can feel all the emotions we felt then and can see Katy’s face everywhere we look.

“However, the Katy Holmes Trust is going to save lives and we take so much comfort from that.

“The longer we keep going, the more research we can fund.

“We are safe in the knowledge that we are doing absolutely everything within our power to make sure that families of the future are not faced with what we have been faced with and that children can be cured.

“Katy would be so very proud of us. She would be proud of how Charley has moved forward and she would have loved little Scarlet.”

Dad David added: “We cannot express enough the depth of our gratitude to each and every person and business that has donated to the trust and helped Katy’s name to live on.

“We very much hope that everyone continues to support us in whatever way they can. You’ve all been incredible.”

People of all ages have supported the Katy Holmes Trust to help it reach its current figure and there have been many different fund-raising events from sponsored walks, pyjama days and head shaves to concerts, balls and comedy nights.

Employees from BAE Systems in Warton and Samlesbury also helped give the cause a boost of £29,000 after selecting it as one of its chosen charities.

The money was raised from fund-raising initiatives including golf days, plant sales, sponsored bike rides and cake sales.