Sunderland cancer shock mum launches drive to help others

Breast cancer survivor Katie Taylor (left) and friend Laura Kemp who are hosting a pre-loved clothes sale at St. Timothy's Church, Queen Alexandra Road, Sunderland.
Breast cancer survivor Katie Taylor (left) and friend Laura Kemp who are hosting a pre-loved clothes sale at St. Timothy's Church, Queen Alexandra Road, Sunderland.
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THE trauma of breast cancer has inspired friends to team up and make a difference.

Mum-of-three Katie Taylor, 41, was devastated when doctors broke the news to her in November that she had the disease.

Today, after radiotherapy and surgery, she is devoting time to helping others.

She has teamed up with friend Laura Kemp to host a charity night in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, which proved a source of comfort during her illness.

Katie, who lives in Ryhope with partner David, said: “Macmillan nurses have been so much help. I don’t think I could have coped without them. I was so shocked to find out I had cancer.”

Katie, who is mum to Jamie, 21, Lowri, five, and Archie, three, is waiting for a breast reconstruction after she had surgery in January. Doctors are confident they have successfully treated her cancer.

Katie and Laura are hosting a second-hand clothes sale and girls’ night in at St Timothy’s Lutheran Church, Ashbrooke, from 7pm until 9pm, and are looking for sellers to take part.

Sellers have to register their goods in advance by emailing Laura at lauraannkemp@icloud.com.

Entry is £3 and includes a glass of wine or soft drink. Tickets can be bought at Dolly Foster and Serendipity Tea and Trinkets in the city centre, or from the Virgin Giving Page uk.virginmoneygiving.com/areallygoodgirlsnightinout.