Stoke & Staffordshire

Tribute paid to Stoke hospice founder Dr Kate McCartie

The brother of a Staffordshire hospice founder has spoken of his pride over what she achieved.

Dr Kate McCartie, who helped found the Douglas Macmillan Hospice in Stoke-on-Trent 40 years ago, died from a heart attack last month.

The hospice began with just 28 beds in 1972 but now relies on 700 volunteers and about 220 employed staff.

Leo McCartie said his sister, who was aged 83, had "done something in life that lasts way beyond the grave".

Mr McCartie said: "She took her profession very seriously but she was full of the joys of spring all the time.

"She never married so she was able to devote her life almost completely to her profession

"She ended up by being my doctor, my sister, my chauffeur, my financial adviser and someone who kept me a happy person.

"She also became the first medical director there and very often she would do a round of the Douglas Macmillan before going on to an early surgery over in Hanley.

"There was hardly a day for many years when she didn't visit the patients there."

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