Katy Holmes Trust wins special fundraising award

Paula and pals preparing for a sponsored Kilimanjaro walk
Paula and pals preparing for a sponsored Kilimanjaro walk
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The family and friends of tragic schoolgirl Katy Holmes have received a special award for their work raising more than £1million for brain tumour research.

Katy, from Penwortham, died in 2012 aged 10 from the condition, and her parents Paula and David set up the Katy Holmes Trust to fundraise for a cure in her memory.

Katy Holmes

Katy Holmes

Last week, the charity was presented with an Outstanding Contribution award from The Brain Tumour Charity

Writing on Facebook, Paula Holmes said: “The support and compassion that we have received from them over what has been a very difficult four years has been second to none.

“When we told them we needed to take a break they were just as wonderful and insisted that we do whatever we needed to, fully understanding the full impact of the journey we have been on.

“Today however we received this wonderful award from them for our ‘outstanding contribution to defeating childhood brain tumours!”.

The family decided to take a break from the charity earlier this year, having hit their fundraising target.

Paula added: “The guilt that we have for stopping our work stays with us every day because we know how seriously underfunded brain tumour research is. We did raise over £1 millionworth of brain tumour research though in four years, so we are safe in the knowledge that we did our bit to help which is a great comfort.

“However, none of this would’ve been possible without the support of our team, patrons, ambassadors, partner charities and all of you wonderful people and businesses that came forward to help.

“This award is for all of you too and we cannot thank you enough for helping us achieve such an incredible milestone.”