Wigan home fire victim’s funeral fundraiser raises thousands of dollars



Catherine Campbell, known as Cat to her relatives, died following a fire in a kitchen at an address in St James Grove, Poolstock, on Sunday afternoon.

Cat and another woman were taken to hospital after the incident, but died soon after. The other woman remains stable.

Tributes poured in for Cat, a former student of Abraham Guest who later joined the military, and the community has rallied around his loved ones.

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Flowers left at the Poolstock fire scene

Flowers left at the scene of the Poolstock fire

A fundraising evening has been held and an online campaign to help cover her funeral costs has already raised over £ 1,500 at the time of publication, including a donation from the Royal British Legion branch of Wigan.

On the Go Fund Me page, organizer Carla Metcalfe wrote: “The deeply sad and shocking news devastated everyone who knew her.

“To all who knew her, she was full of life and still the life and soul of any holiday. She will be missed by all who come in contact with, but now rests peacefully with her mother.

“Catherine’s life was tragically cut short by a tragic accident on Sunday June 20, 2021.

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“All that is raised will go to the family for the funeral expenses and to his partner who has nothing left and has lost the love of his life.

“One thing I trust is how we can all come together to support the people who are dear to us when times get tough. Thanks again and please share, share, let’s give her the best send she deserves.

A fundraising evening with raffle and auction has been organized and will take place at the Prince of Wales Hotel in Woodhouse Lane on Thursday July 8th from 7pm.

Entry to the event will cost £ 10, with all proceeds going to Cat’s family.

Flowers left at the Poolstock fire scene

Flowers, cards and teddy bears were also left outside the house where the fire started.

Heartbreaking messages from loved ones were among the floral tributes.

A message read: “I can’t believe [you’re] faded away. We will miss you so much. Found with your mother, gone [too] soon. RIP, I love you, Aunt Allison and Uncle Anthony “.

Another message from Cat’s grandmother read, “Fly high. “

An investigation into the cause of the fire, which began in the establishment’s kitchen, is underway between Greater Manchester Police and firefighters, but the incident is not treated as suspicious.

As an 18-year-old soldier, Cat flew to Africa in 2002, serving as a combat medic as part of the British Army’s attempt to bring primary health care to the continent.

She celebrated her 19th birthday in Basra, where she served in the Close Support Medical Regiment attached to the Seventh Armored Brigade in Iraq’s second city.

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