‘Inspirational’ Barrow fundraiser and role model loses cancer battle
Last updated at 16:42, Monday, 28 October 2013
TRIBUTES have flooded in for a popular and inspirational Barrow woman who will be missed by many.
Kath McFadyen, of Brighton Street, Barrow, died on Thursday after suffering from cancer.
She was well known locally for leading Weight Watchers sessions for more than a decade.
Her husband Steve said she was loved by all and her passing was a massive loss to the family.
The much-loved 43-year-old was heavily involved with fundraising for the British Heart Foundation and their annual Walney and Barrow walk.
Local chairman Ray Short described her as an “amazing woman” who was a massive help to them.
He said: “It’s terribly sad. She was such a bubbly and really enthusiastic woman.
“She always got Weight Watchers behind our annual walk and even when they were no longer their charity she continued to support us.
“She has been helping us out for about five or six years and we were all very grateful for her support. She helped us a great deal.
“She was a lovely, lovely girl and it’s very sad time for her family.”
The former Alfred Barrow student was awarded the Evening Mail’s Bouquet of the Week by those attending her classes because she was such an inspiration and help to them.
Mary Osborne, Weight Watchers Area Services Manager, said: “She trained as a florist initially but gave that up so that she could do Weight Watchers full time.
“ She said ‘I love my job so much I gave up my proper job to do Weight Watchers full time. I’ve made so many friends it’s not like going to work. How many people can say that?’
“Kath has won many awards during her career with WW including ‘Diamond Leader’ on more than one occasion and also more recently the ‘Role Model Award’ in the region. This is awarded to the person who practises the company values and goes over and above to help others.
“Kath was a top leader in the area and everyone loved her. She always had a smile on her face and all I ever heard from anyone was good.
“When Kath first found out about her illness I was inundated with emails from her members telling me stories about how she had helped them, not only in her meetings but outside whenever she could, and that was ‘Kath’.
“She will be sadly missed by everyone who knew her.”
First published at 16:06, Monday, 28 October 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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I can't believe this, Kath was my weight watchers leader 8 years ago, I also knew her from when she worked at the Oasis flower shop in Barrow town centre. Such sad news, why does it always happen to the best people!! Condolences to all who are suffering from this terrible loss.
I along with many many others had the pleasure of knowing Kath through a local weight watchers group and I simply cant find the words to describe how much of a wonderful leader she was.
Never judgmental, never assuming, never condescending.
Kath was however a constant source of support ,kindness, wisdom and she always had the warmest smile on her face to help ease any pre weigh in nerves.
Kaths compassion for hearts didn't stop with her charity work for The British Heart Foundation though she cared for the heart of every member of her club, and always had a supportive word in a time of need .
You where an inspiration to so many Kath and that's some thing that cancer wont erase, ever!!
Warmest wishes to her family and friends xx