Caring woman helps cancer sufferers

Pancreatic Research Uk Fundraiser Kate Hardcastle with her dog, Goldie, who accompanies her on her charity walks in aid of Pancreatic Research.
Pancreatic Research Uk Fundraiser Kate Hardcastle with her dog, Goldie, who accompanies her on her charity walks in aid of Pancreatic Research.
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A PANCREATIC cancer campaigner is transforming her house into a specialist holiday home for victims of the disease.

Kate Hardcastle, 67, of Bolton-le-Sands, has devoted her life to raising funds for research into the disease after it claimed the lives of her mum Marguerite who died at the age of 90 and her brother Terry who was 70.

While Kate, a former teacher, was caring for Terry who died in 2008, she found there was nowhere in the North of England to take him for a short break.

Now, after his death in 2008, she is using thousands of pounds of cash he left to her to convert the ground floor of her home into a specially equipped holiday retreat.

She said: “When my brother was diagnosed I wanted to take him somewhere but there was nowhere suitable.

“Hotels are often not suitable and do not give terminally ill patients the comfort they need.

“There are people suffering every day so that’s why I decided to do it.

“It is the downstairs I am converting and then it gives them the choice of how they feel because I have always got the upstairs bedrooms too.

“The house is going to be first for them and second for me.”

See The Visitor (13-07-11) for full story.