Daughter of Les & Joan Allan and sister to Chris, Katie originated from Belfast and settled in Fradley, Staffordshire with husband, Stuart, and two children, Sam and Sophie.

Katie wrote this blog to share her story, improve awareness and spread inspiration & positivity amongst families, friends and others 'battling cancer - one day at a time'

Katie Scarbrough
04 March 1981 - 02 May 2013

Skating In Heaven

It is with a heavy heart that I share this post to say our brave, inspiring and beautiful Katie Scarbrough lost her battle with bowel cancer in the early hours of this morning.

Our thoughts and love go to her husband Stuart and their two children Sam and Sophie at this difficult time.

Details of Katie’s funeral arrangements will be available in due course.

#RIPKatie #amazeballs #cancersucks


  • Lesley Shannon Says

    So sad that Katie has lost her brave fight against cancer. she was wonderful support to me and my beautiful daughter Laura @paperdollybird who also recently passed away. Something more has to be done to stop this happening as both Katie and Laura should be with us today. truly inspirational brave girls and we need to carry on Thier inspirational fight to make people aware of symptoms and for health professionals to rule out cancer by testing as soon as young people go to see them. We love you Katie another Angel in the sky maybe you can teach Laura to ice skate and she you dancing . Hope you can hold hands together and thinking of Stuart, Sam and wee Sophie. Love you lovely girl The Shannon Family x no words are adequate so so sorry xx


    Katie you will be the brightest star in the sky and you will continue to be an inspiration to all. A truly amazing person who will continue to live on through the lives of your beautiful children xxxx my family and i send so much love and so many kind thoughts to Stuart,Sam & Sophie xxxx

  • Pam King Says

    There are no words. Your journey will continue, as mine does, without a precious loved one. Somehow you will cope. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Lyndsay Briggs Says

    Sleep Peacefully Katie, your courage and strength touched thousands.

    Love to all the family, may they all receive Angel Blessings of Love and Strength at this awful time.

    Lyndsay, Nick and Alfie xxxx

  • David Cox Says

    We have followed your plight with amazement. Amazement that no matter how many blows you received, you picked yourself up and carried on fighting. Your story touched so many people and your strength will never be forgotten. Sleep well x

  • leigh Says

    Don’t think of her as gone away, her journeys just begun.
    Life holds so many facets, this earth is only one.
    Just think of her as resting from the sorrow and the tears,
    In a place of warmth and comfort where there are no days and years.
    Think how she must be wishing that we could know today
    How nothing but our sadness can really pass away.
    And think of her as living in the hearts of those she touched,
    For nothing loved is ever lost and she was loved so much!

  • Kate Tranter Says

    Katie was truly insperational and touched so many people with her brave and inspiring story. She fought to the very end and I `m proud and priviledged to have known her. I will always remember her beautiful smile and her amazeballs sence of humour. God Bless Katie and may Stewart, Sam and Sophie find the strength and love to get through this difficult time. X

  • Gillian Jarvis Says

    A spider spun a silken thread
    and swung from grass to ground
    ‘I must find out the news’ he said
    ‘Thats buzzing all around’

    The garden creatures great and small
    were quiet as a mouse
    they saw the caterpillar crawl
    into a tiny house

    So all the creatures went away
    all thinking she was dead
    Until one bright and lovely day
    A little earthworm said…

    ‘I see a crack in the little shell
    And something moves inside
    I see a head and wings as well
    Come quick and see ‘she cried

    The caterpillars back they said
    Before their very eyes
    A butterfly stepped out
    And smiled at their surprise

    ‘I left the life you thought I knew
    You thought that I was dead
    I did it just to show you
    We die to grow’ she said

    Katie…just moved on xxx

  • Lynn Ako Says

    Rest in Peace Katie! You fought a good fight! My deepest condolences to Stuart, Sam, Sophie and family. God Bless!

  • Kathy Watters Says

    Was a privilege to read these words and to be part of this courageous fight. Much love to all from your South African family

  • Fiona Gater Says

    So sorry to hear such sad news. Katie was pretty amazing and strong, her family and friends have been pretty brilliant at supporting her and each other too. I will remember her eating cheesey chips, tweaking Jons nipples and the funny stories about her and Stu’s wedding night and how whenever I saw her she was still totally down to earth and positive.

  • Our sincerest condolences to you and your family in this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and Katie. Rest in Peace Katie.

    Gord Smyth and Family.

  • stephanie Warburton Says

    My deepest condolences to Stuart and family. Katie will be remembered forever in my heart as she was truly amazeballs and her fighting spirit will live on forever in her children. My thoughts are with all her family and friends during this very sad and hard time. God bless and be free of pain now Katie. Lots of love Steph xxxxxx

  • Maxine Vaughan Says

    My thoughts are with Katies family at this sad time, another angel in the sky xxx

  • Gordon Murray Says

    So sorry to hear this sad news

    With deepest Sympathy from your Canadian Family:
    Gordon, Linda & Kevin Murray; Marshalls, Orrs & Ballantines

  • Alison Says

    For some moments in life there are no words

  • madone ireland Says

    So so sad today, what a brave girl and a true inspiration!!! RIP ANGEL

  • Lyndsay McKinnon Says

    RIP Katie xxx

  • So sorry to hear the sad news.

    My love and prayers are with you all –
    Stuart. Sam, Sophie. Joan and Les and the rest of the family

  • James England Says

    Devasting news, my heart is aching for Stuart, Sam, Sophie and the rest of her family. Her courage and strengh was Amazeballs.
    May her soul rest in peace

  • Natalie Says

    You have made such an impression on so many people worldwide and will continue to do so through the memories and impact you have had on all that knew you, or followed this blog.

    Stuart has a strong support network in terms of family and friends, and we will all ensure that he, Sam and Sophie are supported through the coming days, weeks, months and years ahead in whatever way they need.

    It’s been a strange day in Fradley today. We have spent the day reflecting on the last twelve months and the amazing way in which you got through it. You have certainly touched our lives Katie and you will never be forgotten.

    Love to those you left behind
    X x x

  • Mervyn Says

    Really sad to hear the news. Thinking of you all.

  • jayne Says

    wrapping my arms round you all….hugs!!!!

  • Pat and Tom Massey Says

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Katies’ family at this sad time; Stuart, Sam and Little Sophie…Joan and Leslie…Chris and Debbie…and also to Katies’ skating friends. We have many happy memories of the time our families spent together and of Katie, Chris and Kerry playing and skating together. Katie was a true inspiration…she has left an incredible legacy and she will always be in our hearts. RIP wee woman. Love Pat, Tom and family. xxxxxx

  • Michelle Thomason Says

    A truly inspirational fight to the end. Deepest sympathy and loving thoughts to Stuart and the children. XX

  • Michelle Says

    So sad to hear this news. Our thoughts are with you

  • Stephen O'Neill Says

    Desperately sad. I only learnt of Katie a few weeks ago when I happened to hear her on the radio. I decided to follow her on Twitter.

    She never gave up fighting, right to the end. Never gave up hope.

    I can only hope that the inspiration she gave to others and the love she earned in return is some small comfort to her family.

  • Emma Clark Says

    You never stopped fighting, and your beautiful babies will always know that. Our bodies are weak but our souls stay strong and yours especially will shine! Watch over your family and keep them safe. Sweet dreams. Xxxxx

  • Emma Says

    Deeply sad others of this terrible news. I never knew Katie but followed her blog, I felt as though I knew through her writing and her honestly and the love for her family shone through each time she wrote about them. Another star shines brightly for them tonight and always. Katie you are a truly inspirational women who will have helped many through your blog and fight. Send my heart to your family and wish them comfort in the weeks ahead. Rip brave lady xx

  • tim sellens Says

    May God look after you Katie and let you share in those future events you did not want to miss.

  • Frances Warburton Says

    I didn’t know Katie, but I read her bog with tear filled eyes as she allowed us into her world of hospital visits and treatment plans. Brave brave lady, you are free from all that now and you can fly away. Watch over your loved ones, always.
    Love and strength to her family and Freinds.
    Frances Xxxx

  • charlene nelson Says

    RIP Katie xx God Bless your young family at this sad time. It was so uplifting to read your blog and connect with such a brave lady. This earth was blessed with an Angel. Skating in Heaven Katie. Goodnight xx

  • Alexandre De Troetsel Says

    I did not know you Katie but, where ever you might be now, my thoughts will be with you, your family, friends and colleagues.

    I am 45 and struggled last year against cancer, so I know how hard it is and what is going on in your mind.

    I wish Katie’s family to be strong and keep in mind the best of her.

    Alexandre, a Brussels Airlines colleagues in Belgium

  • Michelle Says

    Life can be so cruel….
    Rest in peace Katie. My thoughts are with you all x x x

  • Julieanne Crothers, Belfast Says

    Such sad news. I read Katie’s story just last Week in the Belfast Telegraph and felt a real affinity with her family as my brother is dying of stomach cancer – he only turned 43 on Monday. I care for him full time and my heart goes out to Katie’s family – it is such a hard thing to watch, but we know in our hearts they are suffering no more. You truly were a brave, inspirational lady and reading your blog touched me in a way you will never know – for that I am grateful. Shine bright like a diamond Katie, you have left a true legacy xx

  • Elaine Hooper Says

    Such sad news. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Katie was an inspiration to us all. A very brave lady

  • Jeremy Rooms Says

    Katie, I do not know you, nor have we ever met, but seeing how you bravely fought that terrible disease makes me feel nothing but respect for you! Be an angel in the sky and a bright star to all of us down here!
    A Brussels Airlines collegue,
    Capt. Jeremy Rooms

  • Kerry Archer Says

    Rest in peace Missy xx

  • Chris Hoy Says

    I never met you but have been a friend of your husband’s since school and his older brother Scott for many years through the Methodist Church, on meeting Stuart on occasion in random places I always got his name mixed up, I carry a heavy heart for him and honor my prayers to him and your family, I will do all I can to help him in this ad time, I wish I could say I met you as you truly are a fantastic person, I have lost family and friends to this horrible disease, you are free now and out of pain, Stuart is any amazing person and will look after your children, sleep tight

  • Martin Says

    It was truly a privilege to follow Katie’s blog. Thinking of you all and God Bless Katie!

  • We feel much sorrow at the passing of our neice, and send our condolences to Stuart, Sam, Sophie, Joan, Les, Chris, Debbie and all other members of her immediate family, who must feel this so much more deeply. Katies legacy of raising awareness and money for her charities will continue on doing good work for a long time to come. Her legacy of happy memories, love and dedication to her family will be there for them to draw on and be proud of over the years.
    We send our love, chris Marion and family

  • Lisa Stoner Says

    A truly brave lady who had so much to live for, cancer is very cruel & her family, husband & children should be so proud of her fight & determination , RIP katie you were truly AMAZEBALLS

  • Carol Says

    Katie, your brave fight with cancer touched my soul, my sincerest condolences to the family and close friends that supported Katie. She had such a spirit, and heartwarming personality and she will be missed. May she rest in peace in the arms of the Lord.

  • All our prayers, thoughts, love and sincere condolences are sent to Katie’s husband Stuart, her children Sam & Sophie, Les, Joan, Chris and the entire Scarborough, Allen & Watters family circle from Dave & Karin (formerly McBride) (USA), Mel & Lianne (NI) and Sheelah McBride (NI / Scotland).

    It was such a privilege to know you Katie, your God given grace and persistence outshone all the darkness of cancer. A powerful testimony & legacy…God bless.

  • Dominica Ceuleers Says

    sending my deepest condolences for the loss of this brave lady. My thoughts are with you, dear family, in these dark moments. May she rest in peace.

  • Keith Jones Says

    God bless you and your family, Katie. A true inspiration to us all. All my love, keith xx

  • Charlotte Says

    Wow, another amazing fighter that gave cancer a good run for its money. Rest in peace sweet girl and all my love to your family, may their precious memories with you live forever x

  • Patrick Says

    Rest in peace, cancer sucks. You’ll be missed.

  • Emma Porter Says

    Katie, I didn’t know you but I know you now after reading your blog. What an incredibly brave, honest, and truly wonderful woman you were, are and always will be. God bless you angel and my sympathies and love are with your family during this difficult time. Sweet dreams and skate your socks off. Xx

  • Viviana Gomes Says

    Dear Katie,

    You had reminded everything that an human being has good. I am sure that you are looking now for your 2 kids in other world…

    I wan to let you one portuguese pray for you and for you lovely family…

    “Ave maria

    Ave-Maria, cheia de graça
    O Senhor é convosco
    Bendita sois vós entre as mulheres
    E bendito é o fruto do vosso ventre, Jesus!
    Santa Maria,
    Mãe de Deus,
    Rogai por nós, pecadores
    Agora e na hora de nossa morte. Amém.

    My prays and my tears are with the family, and my heart with you.

  • Rest in peace, Katie. My dad was diagnosed with colorectal cancer earlier this year and this blog has helped me and clearly thousands of others by providing such a candid account of what it’s like to live with the disease. More importantly, it’s also greatly raised awareness of colon cancer.

    To Katie’s family: our thoughts are with you. Stay strong. And don’t think of this as a battle lost, but as a battle won. Through this blog and her fundraising, Katie’s done so much for so many. Her memory will live on for years to come.

  • A Kaur Says

    rest in peace Katie – a remarkable lady xx

  • Lora Says

    Rest in peace Katie. You inspirational woman xxxxxxxxxxxx

  • Lor Says

    Katie you have not left my thoughts since I have read your blog how lucky your family were to have had such a strong beautifully person in their lives. I truly hope your bravery and the memories they have of you will help them cope with your loss xx

  • Abiola Says

    Got to ‘know’ this wonderful lady though Daily Mail, this morning…after her death! This really really touched me.
    Rest In Peace. You are free from all pains now. Keep smiling and watching over your family.

  • Danielle Says

    Such an inspiration and so sad for all her family and friends. I wish I had the privilege to have known Katie. Her blog touched many and I am sure all who read it are living better lives because of her bravery in sharing her tragic journey. RIP Katie. x

  • Moira Says

    Just read the whole blog in a day, after seeing the article in the Daily Mail. What an amazingly courageous lady! I lost my brother to colorectal cancer in 2011. Reading this blog was like reading some of his story. My condolences to all of Katie’s friends and family. #cancersucks

  • Lorraine simmonds Says

    Just started reading Katie’s blog last week and I have not stopped thinkinking of her and the courage and strength she has had throughout this awful illness. Makes me feel so bad at what I moan about! My thoughts are so with her so brave family too xx

  • Graham Says

    I used to work with you both at BHX. Totally speechless. Stu you were always a great guy. Keep busy fella. Condolences from Germany.

  • Dominique Says

    I’m so saddened to read this news – I have read everything Katie wrote in her blog and been moved by her fight and determination to help not just herself but many other people in the same position. She has touched the hearts of so many people and will never be forgotten. Rest in peace beautiful, brave, inspirational lady. X

  • jane Says

    we met katie at center parcs while room servicing for her during her last holiday only a month or so ago & what an inspirational lady she was,goosebumps come up now just thinking of her at the time of her last holiday with her children & tidying their toys up brought a lump to our throats.a truly sad loss for all those left behind.RIP katie,was a pleasure to have met you.X

  • I am very sad to hear about the passing of Katie. I had the pleasure of recently interviewing her on my radio programme on 102.5 The Bridge to highlight Bowel Cancer Awareness Month.

    Katie showed much courage during the interview in sharing her experiences.
    We, at 102.5 The Bridge Radio, all send our prayers & deepest thoughts to Katie’s family at this time.

    For anybody who may be interested in hearing the radio interview we did, please visit:

    Rest In Peace Katie, you were a huge inspiration to me in the short time I knew you. God Bless.
    From Phil x

  • Julie Says

    Having just read Katie’s story I went onto to the site to read her blog. How saddened I was to read that she had passed away. What a truly inspirational and beautiful young woman and mum. My heart goes out her family and gorgeous children whom I’m sure are all so proud of her. Rest in peace Katie.

  • I read Katie’s blog after recently reading her story in Take A Break magazine, I am so sorry to hear of her passing, my thoughts and prayers are with Katie’s family, she was an inspirational lady who fought to the end, your memory will touch peoples hearts forever. God Bless xx

  • So sorry for your loss. I just watched your story on This Morning. What a brave, and inspirational woman Katie was. Sending love and condolences x

  • Rachel Says

    Such a terrible disease that takes many people’s lives and Katie you was one brave woman and I couldn’t even begin to imagine what you went through, your children will be proud of you, R.I.P #onebravelady #cancersucks x

  • Donna MacKay Says

    Thoughts are with all of Katie’s family. Watched Stuart on This Morning, so sad, sorry for your loss xx

  • H. Sanders Says

    It is 2015, and I’m reading this for the first time. I put it in my favorites over 2 years ago to “read it later.” My heart breaks for the ending of this story. But she was amazing! Amazeballs! Heaven is richer with her presence.

    Sanders, USA

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