Young woman who inspired charity music festival dies

Kate Hennessy with mum, Gail Stuart, who organises the annual Hen Fest event in Wimborne which raises awareness of the NHS Organ Donor Register while collecting funds for two charities
TRIBUTES have been paid to a 'bubbly, loving and adventurous' woman who inspired an annual charity music festival.

Kate Hennessy, who had cystic fibrosis and underwent a double lung transplant in August 2012, died aged 23 at Harefield Hospital in London on Friday surrounded by her family including mum Gail, dad Mike and brother Jim.

Her family set up the annual Hen Fest event in 2011 as a way to raise awareness of becoming an organ donor, which grew from the garden of their home to a field next to Julian's Bridge in Wimborne containing 500 people.

The aim was to raise awareness of the NHS Organ Donor Register while collecting funds for Harefield Hospital, where Kate was treated during her lung transplant.

Her mum Gail said: "She had a remarkable short life, and I am so proud of the strength, determination and all the things that she had achieved post transplant. She was known and loved by many many people." Continue reading
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