Death of Andrew Winterbottom

31 May 2019

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Andrew Winterbottom, the inspirational founder of Fight Bladder Cancer. He died on Friday 31 May after a diagnosis of bowel cancer last year.

In October 2018, Andrew Winterbottom revealed his terminal diagnosis and stepped down from day-to-day management of the charity to concentrate on his own health. He had chemotherapy which he undertook to prolong his quality of life and continued to participate in planning the future of Fight Bladder Cancer when his health allowed.

Lydia Makaroff, Chief Executive of Fight Bladder Cancer said:

“Our deepest sympathy goes to his wife Tracy and all of Andrew’s family. He will be profoundly missed by everyone who knew him. It is a huge achievement to have founded this charity for fellow patients. Our future work at Flight Bladder Cancer will be his legacy. In March 2019, Andrew attended the inaugural meeting of the World Bladder Cancer Patient Coalition in Barcelona. It was the culmination of years of work by Andrew to create a global organisation. It is also poignant that he dies on the last day of Bladder Cancer Awareness Month, which he saw develop into a global event.”

Today Fight Bladder Cancer continues to provide love, comfort, information and support to thousands of bladder cancer patients and their families.

Since Andrew stepped down from running Fight Bladder Cancer last year his handpicked team continue the work. Anne, Emma, Lydia, Melanie, Sophie and Sue are carrying on with patient and family support, raising awareness, encouraging research and advocating policy change: all important work begun by Andrew.

Andrew was a man full of creativity. The Andrew Winterbottom Memorial Fund has now been established, to enable big ideas to become a reality.


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