FAMILY and friends have used fundraising to help remember Kate Davies – a Shirley resident who passed away in January this year.
Nearly £5,000 has been raised for Lupus UK to help find a cure for the disease the much-loved 32-year-old died at the hands of after a 15-year battle.
Various activities and events have been taking place over the past several months and fundraisers are now just £500 short of their target.
Kate’s sister, Amy Sheldon – who’s taken part in raising awareness about Lupus – told the Observer: “We’ve been taking part in various activities and organising different fundraising events.
“We want people to know what Lupus is and spread awareness about the disease which affects 15,000 people nationwide.
“24 of us did the annual Colour Run at the NEC in Birmingham, we’ve also climbed Snowdon and hosted various stalls selling cakes to raise money.”
The story appears to have caught the imagination of Silhillians as the charity efforts of others have helped the family not to forget Kate.
Amy added: “So many people have been inspired by my sister’s story – she was so young.
“We’ve still got plans in place to raise more money.
“We’re hosting a ball in November and there will be a charity quiz night before that.
“My daughter (Kate’s niece), Olivia, and her friend Ayva managed to raise a superb £200 at a stall selling cakes and lemonade.
“I was very proud of both of them.”
A Facebook page has been set-up for members of the public to keep track on fundraising progress.
‘Kate’s Angels’ has already received over 140 likes and is being used to raise awareness, money and support for Lupus UK – though, most of all, to remember Kate as well.
Amy concluded by giving a touching tribute to her sister: “We have often wondered as a family how you could find the strength of will to go through everything that fate and lupus threw at you.
“We learnt over the years of your suffering that it was your undeniable love for your daughter Chloe and your family that kept you with us until you could not fight anymore.
“We will love and miss you until we are reunited again.”