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Camilla reaches out to family that lost their daughter and donates to children’s trust

The Duchess of Cornwall has sent a moving letter to the family of a young girl who died from a brain tumour. And Camilla has also made a donation to the charity set up in memory of Katy Holmes and which raises money to fund research into childhood brain tumours.

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The Duchess of Cornwall has shown her support for a family from Preston, Lancashire who lost a daughter to a brain tumour

The Duchess of Cornwall sent the letter to Katy’s parents. They lost their daughter just three months after she was diagnosed with a brain tumour – Katy was ten when she passed away in January 2012.  Her parents, Dave and Paula, set up The Katy Holmes Trust in her memory. It aims to raise awareness of childhood brain tumours and to support research into them in the hope of finding a cure.

It’s now helping organise an awards ceremony to recognise the achievements of inspirational people and in her letter, Camilla told the Holmes family “you have achieved so much with the trust in your dear daughter’s name and I am sure that the awards will be a huge success.”

She also referred to the awards which will be handed out at the upcoming ceremony and which have been designed by Katy’s younger sister, Charley. The Duchess of Cornwall wrote “I loved Charley’s design – it is perfect” and she signed her letter “With my very best wishes, Camilla.”

Paula Holmes said that this royal recognition made her proud of what had been achieved in Katy’s name. She added “I am absolutely astounded that the Duchess of Cornwall has written to me and praised the work of the charity” and went on “It is also wonderful for Charley to have her angel design praised by the Duchess”.

And Mrs Holmes also referred to the donation made by Camilla, saying “We are thrilled and so grateful to the Duchess for her support. Her donation, like all of those we receive, will help to fund vital research into childhood brain tumours.”

The awards ceremony, the North West Pride Awards, takes place in November.

Photo credit: Andy Gott via Flickr

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