An inspirational woman who captured the hearts of people in Lancashire with her courageous battle against cancer will be honoured at a concert on Saturday.
Friends from across the world of mother-of-one, Kate Anne Douglas, will remember her life with a special fundraising DRIVE concert in aid of Breast Cancer Care at the Grand, Clitheroe.
Starring local band Drive and X-Factor’s Kelsey Gill, plus DJ Domenico Marte, it promises to be a touching tribute to Kate Anne, who sadly lost her battle against the disease in March.
Drive’s lead singer Ric Howarth, said: “Kate Anne was a lovely, inspirational and confident woman, and a beautiful person, so we are determined that Saturday will be an incredible concert. And we want it to be a happy celebration of her life, because everybody who met Kate Anne will remember her with great pride in their hearts.”
As Kate Anne bravely fought the disease, and with the help of friends and family and people she had never even met, she launched a fundraising page to try and gather funds needed to send her to the Hallwang Oncology Clinic, in Germany, for the costly treatment not available in Britain.
Ric, who went to school with Kate Anne at St Augustine’s, Billington, “She had fought so incredibly hard since her diagnosis in 2010, and the day after we had booked the Grand for Saturday’s event, Kate passed away. “It was just so sad because she loved life. Despite the pain, though, the gruelling treatment, and her own concerns for her lovely family, she stayed positive and that takes incredible bravery.”
Richard said that local businesses’ had contributed hundreds of pounds to fund a special fundraising raffle in aid of the charity Breast Cancer Care.
“I want to thank all them for their kindness and generosity and any money raised on Saturday will be donated to Breast Cancer Care, one of Kate’s favourite charities.”
He added: “We are really looking forward to the show, we’ll be playing pop and rock covers and Kelsey Gill is going to join Drive on stage for a couple of duets.”
Ric concluded: “We raised £5,000 last year and we would love to be able to match that this time.”
The event begins at 7-30pm and runs until 11pm. Tickets are priced £10. To support this, please ring the Grand Box Office on 01200 421599 or www.thegrandvenue.co.uk