The Duchess of Cornwall Camilla has sent a personal message of support to the family of young girl killed by a brain tumour as well as making a donation to the charity set up in her name.
Paula Holmes, mum of Katy, who died three years ago at the age of 10 after being struck by a brain tumour, received the donation to the Katy Holmes Trust from the Duchess.
The gesture comes ahead of the North West Pride Awards which are being organised by The Katy Holmes Trust to recognise inspirational people across the region which will take place in November.
In a note to Katy’s mother Paula, the Duchess said: “You have achieved so much with the trust in your dear daughter’s name and I am sure that the awards will be a huge success.”
She also had special words of praise for Katy’s younger sister Charley, 11, who designed the angel statuettes which will be given to winners at the awards ceremony.
“I loved Charley’s design – it is perfect,” she wrote in her note, which she signed off: “With my very best wishes, Camilla.”
Paula said: “I am absolutely astounded that the Duchess of Cornwall has written to me and praised the work of the charity.
“It makes me even more proud of what has been achieved in Katy’s name.
“It is also wonderful for Charley to have her angel design praised by the Duchess.
“We are very excited about the North West Pride Awards which will allow us to give something back to some of the many people who have supported The Katy Holmes Trust so generously in the last three years.”
Since it was created, The Katy Holmes Trust has raised more than £650,000. It has pledged to invest £700,000 in research into childhood brain tumours.
The North West Pride Awards will take place on November 21st at the Mercure Dunkenhalgh Hotel and Spa near Blackburn.
Categories include “Most inspirational person” in several different age groups, “Inspirational medical professional’ and “Volunteer of the year.
All are open to nomination by members of the public.
The angel award which will be presented to winners on the night was created by Charley using Katy’s favourite colours.
• For more information about the North West Pride Awards including details of how to nominate and ticket sales, visit: www.northwestprideawards.co.uk