Bringing hope to life...

supported by 'The Karen Trust'


Our Team

The Karen Trust is managed by our Committee members who are:

Mary Gill

I am a 41 years old mother of a beautiful daughter who I adore and every day I count my blessings.

Over the years I have had a lot of love ones who have suffered with cancer. Five of my aunts sadly died. My dad was diagnosed with cancer at 53 and was told he would not survive but he beat it sadly passing 20 years later with a heart attack . I'll never forget the fear I felt at 13 thinking I was going to lose my dad. I went with him for lot of his surgery and visits to hospital. I know he is very proud looking down on the work we do at the Karen Trust supporting families through the most difficult of times.

Marcia Berry

As one of Karen's closest friends and god mother to her youngest daughter, Marcia was with Karen throughout her illness. She saw first hand the effect that cancer has on the sufferer and their families. Because of this Marcia is proud to be part of The Karen Trust team that helps and create memories for such families. Marcia has been a Treasurer for another charity for over 5 years and brings her accounting and procedural skills to the team.

Andrea Blake

Andrea met Karen through her cousin Mitchell, Karen’s partner & Lily-Rose’s Father. They became very close friends, especially during Karen’s illness.

“Up until that point, I had never lost anyone as close and I was struck by her braveness and dignity Karen displayed the whole way through her illness. She was truly beautiful, inside and out and never complained about her illness. Instead, she only worried about the loved ones who she would leave behind”

“When Joe approached me about being part of the Trust, I didn’t hesitate. I wanted to do my bit to bring Karen’s hopes to life, of offering others in a similar situation, but without the financial means, a well deserved break with their families in Karen’s honour"

Shirley Chin

I was born and raised in Luton. I have a degree in community management. My working career has mainly involved all aspects of finance which I put to use working for a housing association in Watford. I have 3 grown up children and grandchildren. I enjoy socialising, music and reading.

Having supported events that Andrea has taken part in for the Karen trust I feel that I can bring an experience of organisation in event planning/fundraising and networking, along with an understanding of family and friends experiences and bereavement and the issues around that.

Phyllis Rowley

Phyllis has worked in the payments industry for over 25 years specialising in the business operations area. Following the loss of both parents to cancer Phyllis wanted to use her time and operational skills to make a difference to others who found themselves in the same situation. Working as part of The Karen Trust team has fulfilled that goal as we enable families to create lasting memories that they can treasure.

Joseph Singh

Joseph has worked in numerous fields since leaving school in 1976  but mainly within the area of sales and marketing. Joseph founded The Karen Trust after his sister Karen past away from cancer in 2009. It was Karen's  wish to help people with the same condition; supporting families when time was no longer an option.    
"It really is great that all the girls on the committee give up there time to help others in Karen's situation and being able to help even one person makes all the difference in the the world to that person ".

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