The family and friends of a Pemberton woman visited Wigan Health Centre (Boston House) on Friday 11 January to present Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s Lymphoedema Service with a cheque for £4,000.
Kath Ryan was a much-loved wife, mum, grandmother, sister and friend who sadly passed away unexpectedly last year aged 60 following three brave battles with breast cancer spanning over 30 years.
Kath was supported by the service after she suffered with Lymphoedema, a swelling in the body’s tissues, following cancer treatment.
Dave Ryan, Kath’s husband explains:
“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 fundraiser, enthusiastic Wigan Warriors fan and a lover of Northern Soul music.
“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. 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 on their their webpage.