Family, friends and work colleagues gathered in Katie’s home village of Fradley on Friday for a deserving and perfect send off lead by the Rev. John Allan of St Stephen’s Parish Church.
The uplifting service paid tribute to Katie’s 32 years and included stories of her childhood and teenage years growing up with brother Chris and parents Les & Joan Allan in Belfast, to Katie’s time abroad as a Holiday Rep where she met husband Stuart and to her employment in Customer Services at Birmingham International Airport. Tribute readings were made by Katie’s brother Chris, sister-in-law Debbie, cousin Gillian and Paula Young (Cancer Research UK). Breaking 20+ years tradition, Rev. Allan then invited the congregation to stand and applaud Katie and her lifetime of achievements. Following the service, Katie & Stuart’s childrens’ classes released 70 purple balloons from the school playing field next to the church.
Katie’s love of ice skating and recent Belfast Ice Gala featured in the latter part of the tribute service praising Katie for her dedication and determination to raise money and spread awareness of cancer in young people. Friends and colleagues continue to raise money in Katie’s memory with various upcoming events and the staff at BHX have their mascot Marvin the Monkey flying across the world sharing Katie’s story every day. #TeamKatie #nevertooyoung
Husband Stuart and all the family would like to thank everyone for their kind messages of support and for card & flower tributes to Katie and ask that anyone who may wish to make a donation in Katie’s memory please do so to St Giles Hospice or MacMillan Cancer Support.
Katie’s story reached many people worldwide and her spirit lives on through those who’s life she touched and, of course, her children Sam and Sophie who will one day read this blog knowing just how loved their special, inspiring, brave and beautiful mum Katie Scarbrough was.
#RIPKatie #amazeballs #cancersucks