Fundraising started by inspirational doctor Kate Granger for a Leeds cancer centre has hit its next milestone target – £300,000.
Kate’s husband Chris Pointon carried on supporting the Yorkshire Cancer Centre Appeal following her death last July aged 34.
Days before she died, she achieved her goal of raising £250,000 for the centre, based at St James’s Hospital. Her husband has continued fundraising, as well as spreading the message of her influential #hellomynameis compassionate care campaign.
Chris said: “We are hugely proud of the amount raised before Kate passed away, and the outpouring of emotion and generosity since then has been enormous. I’m sure Kate is looking down and seeing that we have raised all this, continuing her legacy.”
The consultant geriatrician was diagnosed with a rare and incurable cancer in 2011. She and Chris started supporting the Yorkshire Cancer Centre Appeal with events and through the sales of Kate’s two books about her experiences as a patient, The Other Side and the Bright Side. Other ongoing initiatives include cake sales which Kate, a keen baker, started with her best friend Kay Birmingham.
Sheila O’Shea, director of the Yorkshire Cancer Centre Appeal, said: “We are absolutely delighted. Kate’s legacy continues to grow – people are still buying her books and #hellomynameis badges and we are the lucky beneficiaries. We still miss Kate hugely.”
This year, Chris is taking #hellomynameis to conferences across the globe, as well as presenting numerous awards carrying her name. A new product to promote the campaign – Dr Gnorma Gnome – will be launched next month by his employers, Leeds-based Asda.
To donate: Visit justgiving.com/fundraising/Kate-Granger