In 2014, Kate Atkinson’s sister, Hatti, spent her final few weeks being cared for at Thames Hospice. Hatti was just 24 when she died, and Kate (pictured left, next to Hatti) remembers their family spending precious time together, smiling, watching funny films and celebrating New Year’s Eve in The Sanctuary with bubbles.
Kate, a mum-of-two now lives in the United States and works for Amazon[Rebecca E1] , says: “I always knew about the Hospice, but only through my love of the amazing Dedworth store! I always connected the Hospice with something you need much later in life, but I was astounded by their services, support and dedication to going the extra mile. After Hatti’s death, I received counselling at the Hospice, and I don't think I would be the person I am now without it. Hatti thought it was the most amazing place.”
Hatti told her family they must always support Thames Hospice and we are so fortunate Kate has agreed to become an Ambassador for us. Not only has she fronted one of our Light up a Life campaigns, but she has allowed us to share Hatti’s story to raise further awareness of our work. After Hatti’s passing, Kate and her family set up Smile from Hatti, a charity supporting young people with cancer. We now hope some of the work Smile from Hatti does can benefit our younger patients with cancer, and look forward to working with the lovely Kate on future initiatives.