Tragic Karen gave us hope until the end

Karen Hill
Karen Hill

Family and friends of a Wigan woman who died of breast cancer have pulled together to raise thousands of pounds for The Christie.

Karen Hill, from Marsh Green, died in May 2016 after a brave battle with secondary breast cancer.

Since her passing, Karen’s loved ones have fundraised with the aim of donating £15,000 to the charity which treated and cared for her during her illness.

Her partner, John Hempstock, said: “This will have been said many times before but the staff at The Christie were amazing throughout, every one of them. From the oncologists through to the nursing staff. They are absolutely incredible, so positive. They gave us hope right until the very end.”

So far the group has taken part in a whole host of fundraising activities.

John added: “We’ve been supported by some fantastic personal achievements from family, friends and, in some cases, complete strangers. We’ve had sponsored walks, half marathons, 10k runs, afternoon teas and head shaves to name but a few.”

Now the group is hosting a night of live entertainment in the hope of getting a boost towards their target, all of which will go to The Christie’s breast cancer research centre. On Friday, May 12 at St Thomas’ Social Club in Marsh Green there will be a number of live bands, to “suit all tastes”.

Among the line-up is 80’s band The Prophecy from Sheffield along with Northern Soul/Motown DJ Jasper. Support acts include Wigan band, The Lonestars and Chris Davies, who also hails from the town. Doors open at 7 pm and tickets are priced at £5 available from the venue or by calling 07565 064599.

All of the donations to The Christie support clinicians and scientists involved in clinical trials which are critical to advancing the treatment of breast cancer and providing new treatments.

One in eight women will develop breast cancer during their lifetime in the UK. Breast cancer remains the most common tumour in women and the incidence continues to increase with more than 50,000 new cases per year.