Charity founder Pamela dies, aged 82

October 02 2019
Charity founder Pamela dies, aged 82

ONE of the founders of Bristol breast cancer charity BUST has died, aged 82.

Pamela Corrigan, who lived in Fishponds, was instrumental in setting up the charity following her treatment for breast cancer at Frenchay Hospital in 1991.

Pamela got talking to two other patients, Carol Thomas and Margaret Twiggs, as all three were being treated by the same consultant surgeon, Simon Cawthorn.

They discussed with him how they could repay the medical team for the tremendous support they received. Simon told them about his 'wish list' which was topped by a £20,000 scanner - a huge amount of money in 1991. 

Slightly daunted by the amount they had to raise, the trio nevertheless pressed ahead and set up BUST - Breast Cancer Unit Support Trust - with the initial aim of purchasing the scanner.

In 2003, with a final donation of £7,000 from Cossham League of Friends, they purchased the longed-for equipment. It was a huge achievement.

BUST continued to expand and so far has spent more than £1m on advanced medical equipment not available on the NHS. The charity now supports the Breast Cancer Centre at Southmead Hospital which opened in 2014.

Pamela remained a trustee of BUST until she died, with her training as a professional accountant keeping the charity on very good footing. 

Her achievements did not go unnoticed and Pamela was honoured earlier this year with a coveted British Citizen Award which is given to individuals in the UK doing extraordinary work in their community. Sadly, Pamela was too ill to travel to the Palace of Westminster to receive her medal. 

Until the past year, Pamela had always attended the charity's committee meetings and was known for her great ideas and enthusiasm.

Pamela became ill from complications arising from her breast cancer and died on September 7 following a long fight against the disease. She leaves behind her husband Mike and daughter Leanna.

BUST chairwoman Jenny Wookey said: “BUST has followed Pam’s mantra not to spend more than 1p in the pound of donations on expenses. This is something she felt very strongly about and we continue to follow this. She will be sadly missed.”

Simon Cawthorn said: “Pam made a huge personal difference in supporting the breast care service in Bristol over nearly 30 years during which time she fought and won many battles of her own against her breast cancer until the last one which sadly she lost. 

Her determination helped the many thousands of patients who benefited over the years and was an inspiration to us all.”

Pamela's funeral takes place on Tuesday October  8 at 1pm at All Saints Church Fishponds.