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Kara Challen

Kara Challen's fundraising page

Challenge complete

Fundraising for this challenge has ended so we're no longer accepting donations. Thanks to everyone who supported this challenge.

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p][span=font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto;]I have nursed children who are going to die since I was 15. It has been very harrowing and stressful at times and I often very easily found comfort in food.[/span] [/p] [div=font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto;]Now I’ve decided to do something about it and I am going to lose eight stone (112lbs) and raise money for two cancer charities at the same time.[/div] [div=font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto;]Being a paediatric nurse who specialised in oncology and Hospice care, I’ve witnessed how lives can be turned upside down by a family member being diagnosed with cancer. In my case, cancer chose my best friend – my mum. My darling mum was diagnosed with Mantle Cell Lymphoma in September 2014 and has been battling to save her life ever since. She completed a gruelling stem cell transplant in November 2015 and every day she continues to fight with such dignity – I couldn’t be more proud of her.[/div] [div=font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto;]In addition, I am a trustee of the Anthony Pilcher Bone Cancer Trust. Anthony is an extremely special person to me and we shared a mutual love and respect for each other when I nursed him during his amazingly brave fight against cancer. I can honestly say that I have never seen anyone suffer as much as he did.[/div] [div=font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto;]Turning around on my wedding day, there were many of my fabulous patients in the church. All beautiful children and all battling cancer – sadly it was a fight that none of them won and they have all been laid to rest. Anthony was one of those brilliant children, dosed up on medication so that he could be there for me. He died of osteosarcoma, a primary bone cancer that cruelly cut his life short at age 15.[/div] [div=font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto;]There is not a day that goes by when I don’t think about Anthony and the rest of those special children that I nursed.[/div] [div=font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto;]I’m doing this in your memory, Anthony – and also for you, Mum, to encourage you to keep on fighting.[/div] [div=font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto;]Please help me to raise money to stop this terrible disease.[/div] [div=font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto;]Thanks xxxx[/div][lt]br /[gt][p][/p]

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Supporters

14-Sep-2017

Katie and Jade xxx

Thank you for the truly incredible cake! You're a star xxxxx

£90.00

17-May-2017

Love your mum and dad xxxx

Hello darling I am so proud of you especially over this past year. You have been through so much and have done it fantasticly . I love you always. You are beautiful through and through. Thank you for being such a lovely daughter.

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

16-May-2017

Reto Bickel

Go on Kara, and a big hug to your lovely mum!

£100.00

10-Feb-2017

Anonymous

Thank you to all at Shoreham Fire Station X

£500.00 plus £125.00 Gift Aid

04-Feb-2017

Natasha Bunby

What a great challenge for an amazing charity , you deserve every single penny you will raise , I know you will achieve this were all routing for you every step of the way , as you lose the lbs your being raising pounds xxxxx

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

27-Dec-2016

Uncle John

Thank you John Mercer xx

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

02-Dec-2016

Shane O'D

Keep it going over the Christmas period Kara!

£150.00 plus £37.50 Gift Aid

21-Nov-2016

Rob & Jill

Hi Kara, Please find a donation for all the great work that you do.

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

15-Nov-2016

Sophie Lockyer

Kara you are a true inspiration lots of love and luck xxxxx

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

15-Nov-2016

Harry Challen

From Harry out of his Birthday money X

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid