AN ANDOVER woman, who is receiving palliative care after battling cancer for three years, is raising funds so that she could build a toilet to “shower again” and “be properly clean for once”.

Kate Nightingale (née King), 69, is looking to raise £10,000 to build a raised toilet and a tiled wet room for herself.

The Artists Way resident said she has lost the ability to walk or stand unaided and this has had a massive impact in the bathroom.

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“Following three years fighting cancer I have reached the end of the road  and I'm receiving only Palliative care now,” she wrote in her GoFundMe page.

“My dream is to have a raised toilet and a tiled wet room so that I could shower again and be properly clean for once.

“Unfortunately it is just a dream as the cancer got me before my financial status was secure. A friend of mine made a considerable gift towards my goal this week and my son suggested we make this appeal. 

“This would make a massive improvement to my quality of life and give me a great sense of relief.”

Kate, who was working as a manager for a computer firm before moving to Andover, then joined DSTL in Porton Down, Salisbury.

Her son Matthew, who has taken leave from his job to take care of Kate full-time, said he has been surprised to see the amazing response to the fundraiser.

“A friend of my mum first gifted £2,000 although we didn’t ask for it. We weren't expecting it. And she suggested that we start the GoFundMe page,” Matthew told the Advertiser.

“And so many of our mum's former work colleagues and friends have responded. It's been really surprising and amazing that people have done it for her. We've raised nearly £5,000 now.”

Matthew said a washroom is what his mum misses the most.

At the time of writing, she has raised £4,880, but she is still short of the required amount for the toilet works.

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Matthew added that his mum also wanted to thank everybody for their support, because she's been amazed by it.

If you would like to support Kate to get a toilet, visit her GoFundMe page here.

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