Samantha Bate

Samantha Bate


From the moment I met Samant ha, I knew she was “the one” and was going to become very special to me. She was a vivacious, vibrant girl who adored life and was passionate about music, art, cats, people and nature and had the biggest heart of anyone I have ever known
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We fell madly in love and married in 2003 and then were blessed when Sam gave birth to our beautiful daughter, Sophie Natasha in March 2005.

When Sophie was five months old, Sam became ill, she was plagued by crippling headaches and co-ordination problems. Her doctors put her illness down to a nervous breakdown brought on by stress; something both Sam and I knew wasn’t true.

However, nothing prepared us for the true diagnosis. In October 2005 Sam was diagnosed with a malignant and aggressive brain tumour. She had immediate surgery and battled through radiotherapy six weeks later. The surgery left her weak and with limited movement in her arm and leg. In the early stages she was unable to feed or pick up and cuddle Sophie which left her feeling very upset but all the more determined to recover through rehabilitation. She was missing out on being a mum during our beautiful daughter’s first months. We had already moved into my parents just before the diagnosis as Sam was too ill to look after Sophie alone whilst I was at work. A stair lift was installed to help with this.

Following the trauma of radiotherapy, Sam slowly began to get stronger and felt more positive about her recovery every day. Unfortunately this was short lived and lasted for just a month or two.

In March 2006, during brain tumour awareness week, Sam became very ill again – her head seemed as though it was going to explode and she was admitted into Cookridge hospital in Leeds where they tried with little success to control the pain she was in. I learned at this point that the tumour had returned to a different part of her brain. Due to complications with Sam’s condition, chemotherapy could not be administered.

Just four days before Sophie’s first Birthday, Sam slipped into a deep sleep and eventually died comfortably a few days later holding my hand. She was just 27 years old.

During Sam’s illness we felt that we had to do something to make sense of this tragedy and to give others with brain cancer some hope in the future.

We decided that we would aim to raise £75,000 to help BTRS establish Yorkshire's only dedicated brain tumour research laboratory.

We had great help and support from a number of newspapers and local television companies, notably Katie Baldwin of the Yorkshire Evening Post and BBC Look North who both backed our campaign and appeal to raise the money.

The main focus of the campaign was a 3 Peak Challenge where 20 of us collected sponsorship and completed the national three peaks – Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowden in 24 hours in June.

We had phenomenal support from friends, family and complete strangers – all of whom were touched by Sam’s story and to whom I will be forever grateful.

In September we actually hit our target after hundreds of individual supporters and several companies had learned about the campaign through the amazing effort of publicising the campaign by the team, Sam’s family and friends. The story touched so many people which didn’t surprise me as Sam had touched so many people’s lives whilst she was here. She always brought the best out of the people she met. Her legacy continues!

More money has come into the appeal and we expect that the final total raised in Sam’s memory will be £80,000!

A fitting close for a very brave and courageous woman – my wife, Sophie’s mother and the most amazing woman I have ever known, Samantha Jayne Bate.

Written by James Bate, Samantha’s husband
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