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A tribute to Catherine Capaldi

This page is to celebrate the life, vision and legacy of Catherine Capaldi, known to the charity as Kate. Kate was a tireless campaigner for access and inclusion in Camden who fought to raise awareness of the issues affecting young disabled people. Sadly, Kate passed away in 2019. To celebrate her life and as a tribute to her, we have collected images and stories for you to read.

If you would like to contribute an image or memory of Kate Capaldi to the tribute, please contact catherine@elfridacamden.org.uk.

Two women socialising: Catherine Capaldi on the left and Anna Alston on the right
Kate Capaldi (left) and Anna Alston (right).

“I knew Catherine very well. She had an infectious smile and laugh. She was very committed to her job at YPFI and on the Elfrida Rathbone Committee. She also liked to party.

She liked her dance videos DVDs like the Step up movies and she loved socializing with people. We were really good friends for a long time and had lots of great fun together. Often she invited me for dinner to her flat. I really miss her. This picture was taken at one of my birthday dinners. “

Anna Alston

“The thing I remember most about Catherine is her smile, eagerness to learn and to help others. I worked with Catherine on training for the YPFI initiative, including an introduction to reading architectural drawings. Catherine embraced the opportunity with passion, humour and style, and we learnt so much from her sharing of experiences. It is clear how much Catherine meant to everyone she met, and I am so honoured to have had the opportunity to work with her.” 

Mei-Yee Man Oram

Image of Catherine Capaldi smiling.
Kate Capaldi in London.

“I’ve known Catherine for a good couple of years as I started off as her Care Worker when she was still living with her mum. I formed a really good friendship with her and had the pleasure to watch her grow into an independent young woman who always surrounded herself with friends and wanted the most out of life.

Catherine loved her music, films, experimenting with make up and doing her nails, but most of all just spending time with her family and friends. I had the pleasure to experience a mini holiday with Catherine when she went to Prague – there were so many special memories made there that I’ll cherish forever!! [From ]… all the photos…you can just see what a fun loving person she was!

Catherine moved into her own flat and at that stage I was promoted to being her Care Manager which changed our working dynamic but our friendship remained as strong as could be. I felt that Catherine deserved the best care possible and ensured she was placed with her favourite Care Workers who always ensured her needs were met.

Catherine was always up for a good time and was always the life of the party! I will miss her infectious laugh and her kind heart. Catherine always put everyone else’s feelings before hers and made sure others felt included and taken care of. Catherine was a beautiful person inside and out and my heart is so sad that she is no longer with us.

Catherine – you will forever be in our hearts. May you rest in peace dear friend.”

Carmia Seagreen

Image of Catherine Capaldi smiling.
Kate Capaldi in London.

“In loving memory of Catherine Capaldi she was one of loveliest ladies I have ever met and truly inspirational. I cared for Catherine as her live in carer for over a year with a company called Hartwig Care.I loved working with her and her smile would light up a room. I’m truly saddened for her family and friends and I’m to miss her and our t late night messages. Rest in peace beautiful lady love.”

Hannah Riley

“I had the pleasure of working with Catherine, who was part of Camden Youth Council early on as well as a number of young people’s forums in the borough. She was hard-working, cheerful and made an important contribution to young people’s participation in local service delivery and decision-making.”

Philip McCorkell

“Catherine was always smiling when I saw her, whether it was helping us to raise funds at a cake sale, learning about architectural drawings using cakes or having a general get together. She was a great advocate for inclusion which was really clear when she talked about the auditing she was involved with at Elfrida Rathbone Camden’s Young People For Inclusion (YPFI) programme and why I’m sure she became a trustee.

Catherine will be truly missed, but I’m sure she will be remembered by many.”

Sarah Jones

Image of Catherine Capaldi smiling round a desk at an Elfrida Rathbone meeting.
Kate Capaldi at an Elfrida Rathbone meeting.

“Catherine was both my best friend who I had known since school and a work colleague at Elfrida Rathbone Camden. We both volunteered and did paid work at Elfrida Rathbone Camden on the Young People for Inclusion Project. I will always remember how Catherine was always cheerful, happy and always smiling. Catherine always put a 110% into what ever project she took on and was a very loyal friend and work colleague. Catherine I will remember all the good times we had together miss you so much and can’t believe I won’t see you again. You will always be in my heart. Rest in Peace Catherine.”

Sarah Hayes

“We had the absolute pleasure of working with Catherine at Arup – her passion and energy were contagious, and we always remember her with a smile, cheeky sense of humour, and infectious laugh! Always in our thoughts Catherine, from all of us at the Access and Inclusive Environments team, RIP.”

Access and Inclusive Environments team, Arup

“I remember that she was very welcoming of our team and helped get the partnership off the ground, and that’s a big impact to have. “

Mallory Taub

Image of Catherine Capaldi smiling and cutting cake at XXX.
Kate Capaldi cutting cake at The Hive celebration.

If you would like to contribute an image or memory of Kate Capaldi to the tribute, please contact catherine@elfridacamden.org.uk.