THE tearful sister of brave Kay Smith today told of her pride after the fund set up in her memory was nominated for an award.
Tracey Cafferkey was full of emotion and “totally taken aback” after the Kay Smith Fund was put forward for the Pride of Hartlepool competition.
In a moving interview with the Mail, Tracey said: “She would have been so proud.”
In the eight years since sadly passed away, her dedicated family and friends have raised an impressive £171,000.
The money has gone towards funding a research team at the University Hospital of North Tees. The team is helping with the detection in early stages of breast cancer.
The fund also finances the Kay Smith counsellor at the Hartlepool & District Hospice bereavement service, which helps young children after a death of a loved one.
Brave Kay died in January 2006 after a year-long battle against breast cancer. Despite having a lump removed from her breast the cancer spread through her body.
But instead of feeling sympathy for her own situation, inspirational Kay set about supporting others who would go through the ordeal she was facing after she passed away.
Before her death, Kay, who lived in the Dyke House area of Hartlepool and worked as an administrator for Travis Perkins builders’ merchant, set up the Kay Smith Fund and made it her dying wish for her family and friends to raise as much money as possible in her memory.
Tracey added: “I am really shocked and really pleased at this. Hopefully this will raise awareness of the fund, for both sides of the fundraising”.
And in tears, she added: “It would be overwhelming to win. It would be a nice memory for Kay.”
The fund joins a huge list of impressive entries for this year’s awards.
Ten categories up for grabs in the competition.
They are Sporting Achievement; Community Group; Community Champion; Student of the Year; Fundraiser of the Year; Child of Courage; Local Hero; Green Champion; Emergency Services and Young Performer of the Year.
You have until early March to put forward your favourites and we want to make this a record year for entry numbers. Make sure you fill in the nomination form in the Hartlepool Mail, or visit www.hartlepool.mail.co.uk and complete the online form.