A CONSULTANT who fundraised with a charity co-founder who has died of cancer has said he will miss her greatly.

Consultant Breast Surgeon Dr Steven Thrush contacted the Worcester News to pay tribute to Kate Butler after hearing the news of her sad death.

Kate became known by readers for what her best friend Susie Coleman described as her “warts and all” column about her re-diagnosis.

Surrounded by husband Tim and parents Gordon and June, Kate died at her home in Worcester on October 31.

In a heartbreaking final blog post written by Kate on her website called “The one none of us wants to read or believe” on October 11, she said the “time has come”.

“Unfortunately, we have received the devastating news that the liver cancer is now not controlling, and I have no further treatment options available to me," Kate said.

"Therefore I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been following me.”

After hearing the news consultant breast surgeon Steven Thrush, who fundraised with Kate Butler and helped her raise awareness, said: “My thoughts are with Kate’s family and friends at this time.

“I want to personally thank her for her support for the Worcestershire Breast Unit and for her enthusiasm, humour and fortitude. Breast cancer is a terrible disease - she made a difference. I will miss her greatly.”

Social media tributes flooded in led by Susie Coleman saying: “My beautiful best friend who leaves a huge hole in my heart. Fly high gorgeous girl."

Ashley Dipple said: "So very sad. She donated to mine and Dave’s charity run - our next run we plan to do something in memory of Kate.”

Sobi Afzal said: “Rest in eternal peace,” while Angela Dewhurst added: “RIP Kate - free from pain, an amazing blog.”