Inspirational Yorkshire doctor Kate Granger dies of cancer at 34

Dr Kate Granger with husband Chris. Picture: Bruce Rollinson

Dr Kate Granger with husband Chris. Picture: Bruce Rollinson

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KATE Granger, the inspirational, terminally-ill doctor from Yorkshire who raised £250,000 for cancer charities, has died aged 34.

Dr Granger captured the attention of the nation by writing about her experiences with the illness as an NHS patient.

Her husband, Chris Pointon, tweeted the news of her death this morning.

Her health had deteriorated in recent weeks and she passed away yesterday, on her 11th wedding anniversary.

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Dr Kate Granger

Dr Kate Granger

Dr Granger, from East Ardsley, near Wakefield, was St Gemma’s Hospice in Moortown, Leeds, and Mr Pointon said the care and staff there were “fantastically amazing”.

After being diagnosed with a rare and incurable cancer in 2011, aged just 29, she started a ‘Bucket List’. Charity fundraising and having a book published were both on her list and although Dr Granger expected the book to be a medical textbook, it was The Other Side – based on her experience as a patient – which began her and husband’s support of the Yorkshire Cancer Centre Appeal.

Initially, they wanted to raise £50,000 for the centre at St James’s Hospital but within two years they doubled that target.

The couple chose the Yorkshire Cancer Centre Appeal because they had experienced how it helps improve quality of life for cancer patients, and because it was small and local.

Dr Kate Granger with her husband Chris Pointon and chef Michel Roux Jr at the BMJ Awards.

Dr Kate Granger with her husband Chris Pointon and chef Michel Roux Jr at the BMJ Awards.

Dr Granger launched a #HelloMyNameIs the campaign to encourage medical workers to introduce themselves after her own experiences as a patient.

Her books The Other Side and sequel The Bright Side raised much of the £250,000, while other fundraising exploits included a skydive, swimming the length of the English Channel, the Leeds 10k and a 13-mile trek in the Lake District, while her husband completed the 96-mile West Highland Way and completed a gruelling trek on the Great Wall of China.

Dr Granger’s campaign for more personalised and compassionate care has been supported all over the world and 400,000 health workers across 90 organisations are now backing the drive.

She was recognised with an MBE and awards including a Special Achievement Award from the BMJ.

Dr. Granger at work in Pinderfields Hospital, Wakefield

Dr. Granger at work in Pinderfields Hospital, Wakefield

Dr Kate Granger, Courage award at the  Women of Achievement Awards at the New Dock in Clarence Dock, Leeds

Dr Kate Granger, Courage award at the Women of Achievement Awards at the New Dock in Clarence Dock, Leeds

Asda staff in Leeds show their support for Dr Granger's #HelloMyNameIs campaign

Asda staff in Leeds show their support for Dr Granger's #HelloMyNameIs campaign

Dr Granger swam the equivalent of the English Channel at a leisure centre

Dr Granger swam the equivalent of the English Channel at a leisure centre

At the 2012 Yorkshire Young Achievers awards , Dr Granger received the 
Unsung Hero Award

At the 2012 Yorkshire Young Achievers awards , Dr Granger received the Unsung Hero Award

Dr Granger at the 2014 Yorkshire Women of Achievement event

Dr Granger at the 2014 Yorkshire Women of Achievement event

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