The charity was formed in 2004 because Kate Coles, who was herself battling bowel cancer overheard a local cancer specialist complain that a piece of equipment which he thought would benefit a group of his cancer patients was not available under the NHS budget for that financial year. Kate contacted her close friends and they immediately decided to do something and so the charity was born. Sadly, Kate lost her fight against cancer in 2006 but her dreams for the charity remained, the original founders were joined over the years by other friends and their families and now, ten years on, KatCanDo is still called upon to continue its work.
What we do is dictated to some extent by local health professionals and what they require. These people who ask for our assistance include nurses, specialist cancer doctors and consultants at local hospitals in Frimley, Basingstoke and Farnham plus those at hospices in Guildford and Farnham.
Our work is aimed at assisting and contributing to the well-
When Kate set down her hopes for the charity she not only included a wish that KatCanDo would provide much needed help to local cancer experts, help which would not be provided by the NHS, but also a wish that the charity should be fun for those of us who carry it on. Well it is, and we are rewarded by the reaction, smiles and tears from those that KatCanDo has helped. We receive wonderful reports of the positive effect on cancer patients from the charity’s donations and we are very proud of what we have been able to buy.
Importantly, KatCanDo would like to thank all our generous supporters. Those who buy our cakes and books at the Frimley carnival, those who run sponsored marathons and bike rides, the friends, family and health professionals who support our fund raising balls, barn dances and other events and those firms which have selected KatCanDo as their “charity of the year”. What we have been able to buy for cancer patients is what our supporters have provided by way of donations, we are all volunteers and there are no overhead costs.
If you would like to join us, you are most welcome, Kate said it should be fun and it is.
With your help we look forward to the next ten years because sadly we feel the charities work will be required