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Tuesday, 15 March 2011 (3013030)
Brave mum's inspiration
by David Simister

HUNDREDS of people paid tribute at a packed village funeral to a 34-year-old mother of three who lost her brave battle against cancer .

More than 400 people attended the funeral of Kathryn Curran, who raised thousands of pounds for charity despite fighting the disease.

Kathryn leaves a husband, Philip, a daughter, aged six, a son aged three, and a son aged one, .

Fr Gordon Beattie OSB, parish priest who led the service at Our Lady and All Saints Church in Parbold last Friday, told The Champion that that the church, which has seating for 250 was overflowing with people wishing to pay their respects.

Mrs Curran took part in the Great North Run last September to raise funds for Building Hope, a charity which helps disadvantaged families in Ethiopia by providing them with social care and housing.

On her JustGiving fundraising page, she said that she had chosen not to run in aid of a breast cancer charity because “that would be too predictable”.

She had aimed to raise £1,400 by taking part in the run, but thanks to overwhelming support from friends, family, and other West Lancashire residents she managed to smash this total by raising a total of £4,091 for the charity.

At the funeral extracts from an email written by Mrs Curran, a regular churchgoer at Our Lady and All Saints, in August last year about her condition were read out to friends and family, in which she said that dealing with the disease.

“We made a pact that we will not live in fear. We are putting all of our trust in God. I was not able to do that last time. I was clinging on for dear life but this time is different. I have held up the white flag and surrendered,” she wrote.

“That does not mean that I am giving up it just means that I am letting God take control. The reality is that none of us have control of our lives no matter how hard we try to pretend otherwise. My perspective has just shifted so I can see it more clearly.”

Fr Gordon OSB said the Funeral Mass and preached. He was assisted by Right Reverend Dom Cuthbert Brogan OSB Abbot of St Michael's Abbey Farnborough, Very Reverend Canon Kevin Mullen, Very Reverend Canon John Gaine and two other Priests. Mrs Claire Guidi, her sister, read the first Reading and her husband Philip Curran gave the Eulogy.

450 attended in a Church which should only hold 250.


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