Bringing hope to life...

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Farrah and family

Eileen - Blackpool

When we approached the Karen Trust for help with my mums last wish, we didn’t hold much hope. My mum’s only wish before she dies was to spend some quality time with her children, grandchildren and great granddaughter.

All together there are 16 of us and we didn’t think it would be possible to grant this wish in a short period of time to what it would cost. We explained my mums situation and The Karen Trust were more then happy to help, we just had to find somewhere suitable. We managed to find a beautiful house at Ribby Hall Village not too far from home, that would be big enough for all of us. We spent four nights as a big happy family, making beautiful memories that will last forever. Looking through old pictures by the open fires and the kids even had their own games room. Mum had her own room downstairs, so could rest easily and the staff at Ribby Hall even put up the Christmas trees early for what will be my mums last Christmas.

I cannot believe the sheer love and generosity that the people at Karen Trust offer and I would like to say a massive thank you to Karen’s family and friends for making this possible. The kids don’t fully understand yet but when the time comes I am confident they will have some very fond memories to look back on.

Thank you so much!!!!!

Farah - Eileens Daughter

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Karen - Nottinghamshire

We were approached by Sue, Karens Mum in September 2018, she really wanted to do something special for Karen and her two young children.  

So we set about organising a trip to Centre Parcs in Sherwood Forest, we organised everything, including helping with travel & meals.

Sue sent us a message the night before they went home.

"Well it’s our last night and the children aren’t happy to be going home tomorrow lol
We have all had a fabulous time at centre parcs making some lovely memories.

Karen was able to do a few things with the children, she’s been quite poorly but is still very positive.

Second lot of fect chemotherapy tomorrow, we haven’t seen any response yet from the chemotherapy second time around but fingers crossed we start to see an improvement even slight would be great just to ease some of Karen’s current symptoms.

Again thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to make so many memories.
Sue xxx"


Paul - Oldham, Manchester

We heard from Anita in August, she contacted us regarding her Son in Law Paul. 

Paul lives in Oldham with his wife Melissa & young son Ryan.  Paul has been fighting cancer for 2 years, she wanted them to spend some time away from home to make some treasured memories for Ryan.

We organised a trip to Butlins in Skegness during half term, it was their Spooktacular week in time for Halloween. 

Melissa contacted us during the holiday with a lovely picture of Ryan with Anita, his Nan, they had a fantastic time.

Gemma - Chapel en le frith

We received an application from Gemma at the beginning of September 2018, she really wanted to spend some time with her family young family in Manchester, her girls really wanted to see the stage show Matilda, so we organised the weekend and off they went.

Here's Gemma's message:

"Thank you so so much to Nicki and The Karen Trust for sending myself and my family on a weekend break in Manchester, we were provided with tickets to Matilda the musical, 2 nights in a hotel and money for train fares, taxi’s and meals whilst there everything was covered!

Since my diagnosis of secondary breast cancer the girls Ruby 8 and Scarlett 6 have had to deal with things no children should have to and this will continue.... but a family weekend like this was just what we all needed. We had a fantastic time and made some lovely memories which we will treasure thanks to this lovely charity, what an amazing legacy Karen left .. Thank you xx "


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Susan - July 2018

We heard from Anita in August, she contacted us regarding her Son in Law Paul. 

We were approached by the family of Sue, late July 2018, Sue's condition was very serious and she so wanted to spend sometime away with her precious family.  We worked quickly and secured a short break at Sunnyvale Holiday Park, Saundersfoot.

Here's a thank you from her lovely family.

"Thank you does not cover what you did for my sister!

I contacted The Karen Trust and spoke to Joseph about trying to arrange a Holiday/break for my sister.  She had been told on Wednesday 11th July 2018, three days before her son was due to get married that her Breast Cancer had spread to her brain, liver and bones.  Sue and all her family were absolutely devastated but after her sons wedding she set about sorting out a list that she wanted to achieve, the list was not very long at all.  She wanted to go to see her son racing one last time at the BSB, Brands Hatch and that one was completed.  The only other thing Sue wanted was to renew her wedding vows to Dave, her husband of 31.5 years.  We set about planning this but I also knew that Sue's wish for a long time was to have a holiday with her children and grandchildren.

I contacted you the week before Sue & Dave renewed their wedding vows on Saturday 11th August, after explaining the situation you then made it possible for them to go to Sunnyvale Holiday Park, Saundersfoot.

We told Sue & Dave about them all going away at there party after the renewal of their wedding vows and they were both beyond excited about the forthcoming trip, Sue became very unwell the day they were due to travel but nothing was going to stop her, they arrived much later on the Sunday evening and it gave Sue a new lease of life for those four days.  Sue together with her husband, three children and four grandchildren visited Folly Farm and Oakwood Theme Park where also myself and her other sister and nieces visited and she watched her family have fun and special memories were made that will never for forgotten by Sue's family. 

On Sue's return to home she again became very tied ad unwell and will all her family around her she passed away on Saturday 18th August 2018.

I cannot express enough what you did for my sister and the family it meant so much and thank you does not seem enough.

We asked people who attended Sue's funeral to donate to The Karen Trust as it is a charity close to all our hearts now and also to Breast Cancer Haven, Hereford, who helped Sue throughout her treatment.

The work you do is really Amazing and you should be so proud of the charity you have created in Karen's memory, because you gave Sue light in her darkest days.

We are all forever in your debt.

Elaine - Sue's Sister xxx "



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