Article last updated : 20/05/2009
A Message from Katie's Step-Dad
It is just over a year since we lost Katie. Katie's funeral was held on March 3rd 2008 and Rob, Katie's step-dad, has written movingly about the extraordinary step-daughter he loved.
Words just don't seem adequate enough to describe Katie and the way the she touched so many people, I think those who knew Katie will understand this.
The previous messages describe her wonderfully, but it is our memories of Katie and the times we shared that mean so much. As I write this so many thoughts come into my head, so here are just a few for now. Katie always showed tremendous faith and spirit even in very difficult times, and I hope, we as Katie's family and friends will also aspire to this, following her fine example. Katie, Jo and dad Nick have all shown such strength and courage and I pay tribute to them, they have been incredible and a great inspiration to all us. They have shown spirit, compassion, patience and humour, even though they must have been experiencing so much pain and emotional turmoil.
At times like these you think it should be those around that provide support but in our case it was those in the middle of it, Katie, Jo and Nick that were pillars of strength. Nick's partner Alison and my sons Toby and Charlie have been wonderful and really helped us all get through. I thank all our friends, family, Little Havens and medical staff who helped us and provided prayers, love and support which made a huge difference. We can never thank you enough.
The main things I prayed for throughout was for us to keep our faith, for Katie not to suffer and for us to have the strength to cope and help others, and yet it feels that Jo and Katie carried us through, never complaining and concerned about how other people felt. How sad I get when I dwell on the past (such as my memory of meeting Katie for the first time at the age of 4 in Jo's garden) and the future (Katie had so much potential - but there again she achieved so much in her relatively short life by inspiring others). We are so grateful to have known Katie and shared her life and experiences. We have to remain positive and even cheerful exactly as Katie was. She had a great sense of humour and such a caring and selfless attitude towards others. I was so privileged to be baptised at the same time as Katie and it is because of her I made the declaration of faith, just under a year before she passed away. God bless you Katie.