Quick note from the Katy Holmes Trust

Dear supporter,

I just wanted to tell you about some changes we are making here at the KHT. We have been operating now for 4 years and have been working very long hours and weeks to help the charity grow and spread the word about brain tumours. Our lives have changed now and our priorities have shifted slightly so we need to reflect this in our work.

We have decided it is time to take a much needed break from our charity work. There are a few reasons for this but the main one being that we would like to start living again. Life has moved on for us all now. I am writing a book! I am also looking at maybe teaching again but we’ll see. Dave is socialising with his friends which is really lovely to see. Katy was always a daddy’s girl you see, I know he has really found life without her very tough as we all have of course. Charley is becoming a teenager and is already into make up and boys! She is also starting to grieve a little. It is absolutely paramount to us that we give her our full attention as she is guided through these next few years. Before you know it there will be GCSE’s to study for and we very strongly feel that our focus should be on her education and her general well being. She will learn tough life lessons and the consequences that her actions can have on herself and others. We are lucky to have a child that made it this far so we want to get it right. Scarlet starts school this year but hasn’t even been baptised yet! I must get this sorted but we have been too busy to concentrate on it before as it requires quite a commitment that we couldn’t give at the time. We will now though.

The past few years have been truly amazing and we are certainly not disappearing forever. The charity will still run as normal but we will not be actively fundraising ourselves. My health has suffered as a result from the stress of my workload and i owe it to myself and my family to get back on track both physically and emotionally.

We do hope you all understand where we are now. We don’t want the charity to close but we do need to move out of the sadness now. Sometimes the grief can just be too much for us at times and although we try to support each other it doesn’t help our own health and well being. Taking a break feels right. We want to move forward in life and ultimately be happy again. Katy would want this. Our family and friends have worried about us. We are not the same people that started this journey, we are all so different now. It is time to get to know ourselves and to live life to its fullest.

In the last 4 years we have found ourselves at Downing Street meeting with some very important people. We have communicated by letter with David Cameron and HRH The Duchess Of Cornwall and even received private donations. Our story has been told in almost every national newspaper and reached right across the world. We have had a regular presence in the local and national media stations too! To date we have raised over £1M towards brain tumour research which we are so very proud of. I have also won an award for being the EVA’s Inspirational Women of the year 2014. I have fought with local council departments and engaged with councillors, MP’s, MEP’s and had promises made and broken time and again. Our fabulous team have organised and run the most fantastic fun filled events and local businesses have rallied around to help as much as they can. We have literally climbed the highest free standing mountain and cycled the length and breadth of the UK to raise as much money as possible. We have had wonderful celebrity and charity support but most importantly we have had YOUR support throughout. Our social media pages reached over 116000 people with its best post! I just don’t know what more we can do right now.

Now then, the ironic thing is that i still have an active fundraiser this year which i booked last year and don’t want to go back on! This August me and 19 others are trekking the Great Wall of China! It is a self funded trip. This time i will fundraise through Just Giving only though and not through various events like we would usually do. It would be so lovely if you would consider sponsoring me for this trek and i will continue to do my training walks as always. The doctor says the fresh air and exercise will really help to clear the mind and keep me focussed so i look forward to it! I guess this is why Dave likes cycling. So please, if you can, please sponsor me this one last time. My just Giving page is below and you can donate by texting GWOC97 and your amount to 70070.

https://www.justgiving.com/GWOCTREK2016/

In the meantime we would like to direct you across to another fabulous charity that as far as we are concerned are second to none. Whether you’ve been diagnosed with a brain tumour, or it’s a family member or friend, The Brain Tumour Charity are there to help. They offer a wide range of services, for everyone affected by a brain tumour, whether it’s low or high grade, adult or child. If you would like to speak to someone, or find out information, please contact their dedicated team: You can find them at www.thebraintumourcharity.org or call them on 0808 800 0004 Mon -Fri 9am - 5.30pm. You can also email them on support@thebraintumourcharity.org

Thank you all so very much for the support you have given us over the years. like i said, the charity remains open fundraising will stop for now while we recharge. All of your donations will continue to be paid towards our chosen research project via The brain Tumour Charity. Who knows what might happen in the future, we just hope Katy’s name is always remembered and never forgotten.

Have a great week everyone and thank you for your understanding. Our love as always xxx