Bringing hope to life...

supported by 'The Karen Trust'


Kirsten - December 2017

We were approached by Kirsten's nursing team in October 2017, they asked if we could help Kirsten by arranging a Pantomime & meal for her and her young family before Christmas.  Very Sadly Kirsten passed away on the 2nd December, not being able to fulfil her wish.

On the 23rd December Kirsten's family managed to attend the Panto and enjoyed an afternoon out on us, where they remembered their much loved mum.


Heres is Kirsten's in story in her families words

Kirsten was born early hours on the 13th July 1973 at home in Northview, Chilton Moor. A beautiful daughter of the late Joan and Robert. Kirsten was the second child of four, before her, Justine and followed by brother Robert and also her youngest sister Keilly.

Kirsten’s parents moved around Houghton but never left and their final family home together would be in Otterburn Crescent. Kirsten had a happy childhood and shared lots of memory's with her siblings

From dressing up with her eldest sister and forever friend Justine. Her early morning paper rounds with brother Robert which was always followed by breakfast at their Grandma Bettys. Being older than Keilly, Kirsten took her under her wing and Keilly throughout her childhood was her little sidekick.

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Gerard Pryce - 2017

In August 2017 we were delighted to arrange a weekend away at Luton Hoo Spa for Gerard Pryce & his wife, they had a fabulous weekend.  Sadly Gerard passed away shortly afterwards.
Gerard's family were so kind to ask those attending his funeral to make donations to our Charity instead of floral tributes for which we were very grateful.
Towards the end of the year several members of the family took part in the Dublin Marathon, again they kindly made a very generous donation in Gerard's memory to the Trust.
We are so very grateful to you .. Thank you 
Words from The Pryce Family
To The Karen Trust
We would like to say Thank you for giving our Uncle Gerard Pryce, his wife & family a lovely few days during his illness, this is just a small contribution on our behalf, money we raised doing the Dublin Marathon in memory of Gerard
The Pryce Family, Cavon, Ireland 




Sharon Forrest -2017

Sharon contacted us last year, living on the Isle of Wight Sharon was finding it increasing difficult to visit her family on the mainland, we arranged for a travel pass which enabled her to see her family whenever possible.

Sharon's Words

Dear all at the Karen Trust.

It's been a year this New Year's Eve that I was diagnosed with terminal secondary breast cancer of the spine, skull , femurs , liver and a mass on my sternum to name a few.

Devastated !!! But still here and fighting. At the time I felt very lonely and cut off from all my grown up children who live on the mainland .I live on the Isle of Wight, the most expensive stretch of water to cross on the planet for the distance I think.

I can only say a huge thank you for getting the ferry passes for me. I have visited friends and family and just the thought that I can if I'm able has been a huge comfort. So once again a great big thank you to the Karen Trust.

Kind regards Sharon. Bless you all!! Xx




Rob Figgins - June 2017

Thank you to the Karen Trust, myself & Rob had the most fabulous time at Luton Hoo, weve made some amazing memories that I can treasure forever, We can't thank you enough

Gill xx


Seema - August 2017

The Karen Trust are supporting people who are coming to terms with end of life.
For me, personally, there has been a wave of emotions throughout my journey, but eventually (at the age of 36!) I have reached a point where I have accepted my prognosis and have chosen to take control of the time I have left. I have made the decision to live out the remainder of my life mindfully, enjoying each day and each moment with my husband and 2 year old son (they are my world). To make memories that will last a life time is what I focus on daily.
It is at this point in my journey where the Karen Trust has supported me to make one of my dreams come true. Visiting centre parcs allowed for some truly special quality time with my family and our visit is outlined in the attached document with a few snaps.  
What we are facing is tough and it has made us refocus our lives on what truly matters. This is why I was so deeply touched by the special trip The Karen Trust arranged for us.
You thought of everything and made the entire experience seamless and effortless! 
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