The Katherine Appeal is steaming ahead with £128,000 now in the bank and only £26,000 yet to raise for Katherine Kendall's brain surgery.

Katherine's brother Oliver completed his gruelling marathon run in 4 hours 47 minutes despite having been injured and the sponsorship added about £3000 to his sister's fund.

Leaving from the Star office in Aldershot, Oliver's route took him through Farnborough to Camberley, Deepcut and Mytchett, and back to Aldershot.

Meanwhile, the family has been absolutely amazed at the many companies and individuals who are donating their old toner cartridges from printers.

Oliver uses his days off to go round collecting them and one day when he had a big collection to make, Kendall Self Drive (no relation to the family) of Camberley gave him free use of a van for the day.

"The cartridge donations have been unbelievable," said Oliver. "People have put the Star article up in their offices and then when they have some cartridges, they ring us up and we go and collect them."

Industrial size cartridges are worth about £3 empty and small PC ones can be worth from 25p to £1. The cartridge collections have boosted the appeal total considerably and Asda in Farnborough is collecting its customers' cartridges at their Customer Services desk.

The Kendall family is now confident that Katherine, aged 18, will be able to have the pioneering surgery later this year in the USA. Without it, she will continue to endure up to six dangerous fits of epilepsy each day.

Anyone who would like to help the appeal can contact the family at 10 Chartwell, Frimley Green, Surrey, GU16 6HW or email them at or ring 01252 836880. The appeal is a registered charity. It is on the web at