FAMILY and friends have vowed to continue raising funds for Overgate Hospice in memory of a bride who died days after her wedding.
Katie Elvidge – nee Richardson – of Sowerby Bridge, lost her battle with bowel cancer aged 30 and was the third generation of her family to suffer from the disease.
She was desperately ill when she married Nicky Elvidge and he and her mum Karen Perrett-Stone were at her bedside when she passed away.
Her death has strengthened the family’s bond with the Elland hospice, which Katie herself shared.
Katie and Nicky left their wedding guests on the evening of December 29 to return to waiting nurses at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.
Katie slipped into unconsciousness the next day and died on January 3.
Karen, who formerly lived in Halifax, told the Courier of the family’s battle with the disease.
Her own mum, Sheila Perrett, was diagnosed with gall bladder cancer in October 2000 and she passed away in Overgate in January 2001.
That started the family’s fundraising efforts for the hospice which has included collection boxes and events in pubs.
Karen, herself was then diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2002, but has successfully battled to overcome the disease.
That, inspired family members and friends to further raise awareness of cancer and start running “Race for Life” events.
Katie was diagnosed in January 2010 and was determined to follow her mother and beat the disease.
She underwent gruelling treatment and completed the 2010 Race for Life in Huddersfield under the collective banner “Katie’s Angels.”
At her 30th birthday party in August she collected for Overgate where she was a day patient.
By November, she was hospitalised but was determined to marry the man she loved.
“I know now, that without the fantastic care of the people that looked after Katie she would not have had her very special day,” said Karen.
“ My beloved daughter’s last wish and my final promise to her was that we,continue to raise funds for Overgate and take part in Race for Life each year.
“Without Overgate our loved ones would not have had the loving support and care they needed, when they needed it most.”
More than £2,000 has been raised this year alone from a “Katie’s Angels Garden Party” and a silent auction held at Karen’s home.
Katie attended North Halifax Grammar School and Oxford University. She was working for Enterprise Rent-a-Car as a manager when she was taken ill.
Karen said her son-in-law Nicky remained very close to the family and always will be.
“ Katie was a beautiful fun-loving devoted daughter and wife,” said Karen.
The family wishes to thank supporters and local businesses who have helped with their fundraising.
On October 2, at Ashiana’s Restaurant, Elland, £1,000 will be handed over to Overgate and £300 to Ward 12 at HRI.
Proceeds from a buffet on the day will also go to the family’s fundraising efforts.