Carol Adamson

This story is part of Guts UK's Pancreatitis Awareness Campaign.

Carol Adamson

Carol’s story is told by her daughter Debbie and grandsons Jack & Henry.

“In June 2018, we suffered the devastating loss of a dear Mum and Nannie.

Carol Adamson was taken from us by Pancreatitis. She was an active lady and had been previously very healthy. Enjoying daily walks with her dog – Daisy.

She was taken ill very suddenly, completely unexpected. She was admitted to hospital where her condition deteriorated and then transferred to ITU. We were informed she had a 1in 3 chance of surviving. Despite all the amazing medical intervention she deteriorated even more and as a last attempt to save her,  she underwent emergency surgery.

Unfortunately it was not enough and she slipped away. We cannot express our gratitude to Ipswich hospital- ITU staff.

Debbie pictured with her sons Jack (left) and Henry (right)

Pancreatitis is such a devastating condition.

Myself and my two sons honoured mum’s life with a running challenge. Raising awareness and funds for Guts UK.

Research will help understand more and find a treatment. Hoping that things will change for others.

Guts UK funds the only fellowship into pancreatitis in the UK and have done so since the 1980s. They can’t go fast enough to find a much needed treatment for pancreatitis that saves lives.

We continue on despite missing mum so very much but cherish our memories of her.”

In September 2019, The Catling’s took on the Great East Run and raised over £590.00 for Guts UK. The family’s positive attitude and desire to help other families inspires the Guts UK team daily. Guts UK is the only UK charity funding a research fellowship into pancreatitis, but so much more needs to be done and we need your support. Please consider donating today.


Join our community, champion our cause and help us fight pancreatitis. If you’re feeling inspired but don’t know how best you can help, read some fundraising ideas here or contact team Guts UK today – we’d be delighted to lend a hand.

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