Here to Help
5 November 2019 | West and South West England
Cat beat cancer and raised thousands for others
Cat Boughton is a Savings Product Manager for TSB in Gloucester. She is also a cancer survivor who bravely decided to help other young sufferers in a similar situation.
Her dedication to try and make a difference despite her own huge challenges has seen her being nominated for a Pride of TSB award by her fellow Partners this year.
Cat was diagnosed with lymphoma, a type of blood cancer that typically affects teenagers and young adults, the day before she turned 21.
It was devastating news, but Cat was determined not to let the disease beat her.
“It came out of the blue and it wasn’t the best news to get the day before my 21st birthday,” Cat says with understatement. “I had a lump in my neck and it was quite a while before it was diagnosed. We were in shock at first. But my mum is a nurse, and she was there from the very beginning to support me through it all. She has been totally amazing. And my dad, who is in the forces, flew back from Oman. All my family have been by my side.”
Cat started the first of eight rounds of chemotherapy immediately, but within just two weeks of the gruelling treatment, she was planning how to raise funds for other young cancer sufferers.
Cat knew exactly what her first mission would be. “I have always had long hair, and in fact when I was first diagnosed my hair reached my bum.”
Aware she would lose her hair due to the chemotherapy, she decided to cut it off and donate her locks to the Little Princess Trust, a charity which provides free real-hair wigs to children that have lost their own hair through cancer treatment or other illnesses. “I knew I would lose my hair, so I decided to get a bob sooner rather than later,” says Cat.
She raised more than £3,000 for the Little Princess Trust through sponsorship. It was just the start. Now, 25, Cat has raised thousands for various cancer charities, including more than £6,000 for the Lymphoma Association. On one single day she collected £950 outside a Gloucester supermarket. And she has worked tirelessly to raise funds for her favourite charity, CLIC Sargent, which fights to stop cancer destroying young lives.
She has now signed up to be a Digital Services Volunteer to help the charity develop social media and digital support for impacted patients.
Paul Izon, Head of Savings for TSB in Gloucester, said: “Cat fought the illness with her usual enthusiasm and vigour and the cancer didn't stand a chance. She is an inspiration to us all.”. Cat who has been officially clear of cancer for 4 years said “I also realised I was lucky that I had so much support around me, not just from family and friends but also my partners at work. From the start, I wanted to give back.
“Life is good now, and I am even going to get married. So I feel if I can help others I should.”