Appeal is helping Kathryn to get life-saving treatment
PUBLISHED: 12:00 11 June 2016
Paramedics are more used to saving lives than being saved – but a group from Weston are rallying around and raising thousands of pounds to help one of their own.
Kathryn Osmond, who used to live in Weston, was diagnosed with stage four skin cancer after noticing a change in a mole.
She has had a number of surgeries and treatments over the past five years, but the cancer has spread to her bones, lungs and lymphatic system.
She has been given just a few months to live unless she can start a course of treatment called TILs (tumour-infiltrating lymphocytes).
This treatment has produced some impressive results, but it is not funded by the NHS.
Ambulance staff from Weston, many of whom have been trained by Kathryn, are trying to raise the £70,000 needed for her treatment.
The staff, from South Western Ambulance NHS Foundation Trust, took part in a dance outside the Grand Pier to raise money.
Kathryn, aged 40, told the Mercury: “I am overwhelmed by the response. ‘Thank you’ seems so small to say.
“It has been amazing, and the biggest thing for me has been seeing the team-building and team support.
“Times are difficult at the NHS at the moment, and this has really brought people together. And if things do not work out, then that is a legacy I can be left with, that people went out and had fun.”
About £47,000 has already been raised.
Katryn’s friend and colleague Sasha Johnston said: “We as paramedics spend our lives trying to save others.
“Kath hasn’t got much time left and needs £70,000 urgently to pay for potentially lifesaving treatment which is not available on the NHS.”
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