Family’s foundation in memory of “an inspiration”

INSPIRATIONAL: Katie Compson, left, with her sister Sarah.
INSPIRATIONAL: Katie Compson, left, with her sister Sarah.

A Bulmer woman and her family have set up a charity foundation in memory of her “incredible” daughter who died of cancer aged just 33.

Katie Compson had worked all over the world as a lawyer when she was diagnosed with cervical cancer in June 2010.

She returned to Bulmer, where she had grown up, and underwent 17 months of treatment at West Suffolk Hospital and The Royal Marsden Hospital in London. Despite getting the all clear, her cancer returned and she died on November 12, 2011.

Katie’s mum, Jenny, who lives in Smeetham Hall Lane, said: “She was incredible – she lightened everyone’s mood.”

Mrs Compson said her daughter refused to let cancer crush her spirit or allow the terminal diagnosis to change her personality.

“She was an inspiration to people – I don’t know how she did it,” she said.

Inspired by her daughter’s attitude in her fight against the disease and the care she received at The Royal Marsden Hospital, Mrs Compson and her younger daughter Sarah, 31, set up The Katie Compson Foundation to raise money for the hospital, which conducts research to help find a cure for cancer as well as treating and caring for patients.

“The Royal Marsden was brilliant – the staff were so good to Katie and their sense of humour was always there,” said Mrs Compson. “The care she got was fantastic.”

Fundraising events so far have included a 14-mile group walk in London and plans are in place for friends to complete a 155-mile walk across Iceland.

A dinner will be held at Smeetham Hall Barn on September 19 to raise money. For more information or to donate, go to