Katharine and her husband Ray were married for 38 years. He was the love of her life. They had three children together. Ray had his first stroke in 1985. It changed him from being a confident, active and happy man to being depressed and frustrated that he couldn't do everything that he'd been able to do previously.
Katharine’s greatest challenge as his carer was patience. At the time of Ray’s stroke and ongoing rehabilitation, there was no Stroke Foundation around to provide her with advice and support, only their doctor. It was the simplest of actions in Ray's day-to-day activities that became the most challenging for the last 11 years of his life.
Ray sadly passed away at the age of 70 in 1996 after collapsing 3 consecutive times in June, July and August of that year.
Katharine recently included a gift in her Will to the Stroke Foundation to help stop more strokes from happening in the future. She knows ‘what people are coping with’ after surviving a stroke. But she also recognizes that, although medical science has come a long way since Ray’s strokes, there is still so much more to do.
Naturally, Katharine ensured that her family and loved ones were looked after first. She then included gifts in her Will to help her favourite charities in the future. Her gift to the Stroke Foundation will be left in loving memory of her beloved husband – Ray.