Mum who lost twin sister to cancer determined to help hospice
A MUM-OF-TWO who lost her twin sister to cancer is determined to boost funds for hospice care.
Nicola Watson, from Bromley Cross, lost her sister Katherine Dunn — known as Kath — to the disease in September yet has still managed to raise more than £3,000 for cancer care.
The twins were born in Bury but Kath moved to London to pursue a career in acting and later retrained as a deep body massage therapist.
In May, Nicola received the devastating news that her sister Kath had endometrial cancer — the day after their 44th birthday.
Kath told her family she was determined to fight the cancer using holistic approaches — such as herbs and supplements — declining chemotherapy.
She managed to fight the cancer for about four months but lost her battle with the disease on September 23.
Nicola decided the best tribute to her sister would be to raise money for holistic care at the St Joseph’s Hospice in London where Kath spent her final three days — as well as the Penny Brohn Cancer Care Home in Bristol and Bolton Hospice.
Nicola said: “Kath was a very spiritual person which is why fighting the cancer holistically was so important to her. To pass away in a hospice was the next best thing to being cared for at home.
“St Joseph’s allowed Kath to have her dog Dill by her side in her final days. We felt this was really important as she didn’t have any children and Dill was probably the most important thing in her life.
“It was also wonderful that Kath could have a massage when she was only hours away from death. This was so meaningful to us and Kath because she was a deep body massage therapist herself. Their care really was invaluable.
“I am devastated the cancer took her so quickly but it really felt like she did it her own way.”
Nicola raised £3,400 from a charity race night at the Dunscar Conservative Club where businesses from across Bolton donated prizes.
She added: “So many businesses gave so generously for the prizes at the race night which helped make it such a big success.”
Kath’s funeral was held in October in Dorset.
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