Thousands of pounds raised in memory of popular Wigan woman

The family of a late Wigan woman have raised thousands of pounds as a way to thank the medical staff who treated her.
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Kath Ryan

Kath Ryan, from Pemberton, died last year following three battles with breast cancer. The 60-year-old had bravely fought the disease over a 30 year period, and was a much-loved wife, mum, grandmother, sister and friend.

Kath had been supported by the Wigan Health Centre at Boston House after she suffered with Lymphoedema, a swelling in the body’s tissues, following cancer treatment.

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And as a way of thanking the centre for helping their loved one, Kath’s family and friends launched a fund-raising campaign for the Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s Lymphoedema Service.

And they stopped by the centre to present the hard-working staff with a cheque for £4,000.

Kath’s husband Dave said: “Kath was a very popular lady in Wigan and if she walked into a room, it lit up. She was a retired care home manager who loved working with the elderly.

“She also made many friends through being an active local charity fund-raiser, enthusiastic Wigan Warriors fan and a lover of Northern Soul music.”

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He added: “Kath was extremely grateful to the Lymphoedema Service in Wigan for their support in providing the treatment she needed near to her home after aggressive cancer treatment.

“As a result, we asked for donations at the funeral and we also set up a crowdfunding page which many of her friends and former colleagues used to make donations.”

Michelle Prior and Annamaria Crabtree, Lymphoedema Specialist Clinicians said: “Kath is very fondly remembered by the team and we are incredibly grateful for the donation made in her memory.

“The donation will be used to buy a Lymphscanner, which is a specialist piece of handheld equipment that can detect water content in tissue helping us to diagnose patients with Lymphoedema without the need of a scan in hospital.

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“This will also help us to more effectively monitor how well patients are responding to treatment.”

Find out more about The Lymphoedema Service in Wigan Borough at