Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

AN INSPIRATION; Karen's Raised Pounds 6,000 since Dad's Death

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

AN INSPIRATION; Karen's Raised Pounds 6,000 since Dad's Death

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Byline: LINDSEY SAMPSON

A MUM who has worked tirelessly to raise money for research into the illness which led to the death of her dad has been nominated for a Gazette Community Champion award.

Karen Robinson's dad Colin Brown died just before Christmas 2009, only months after being diagnosed with motor neurone disease (MND).

MND is a progressive disease which leads to weakness and wasting of muscles and difficulties with speech, swallowing and breathing.

Since her dad's death, Karen, 39, of Normanby, has worked hard to raise money for research, despite holding down a full-time job in the finance department of Ormesby School, being mum to five-year-old Grace and being an active member of The Methodist Church at Ormesby.

Close family friend Enid Harvey, 74, nominated Karen in the Champion Fundraiser category. AN Karen's Enid, a retired teacher and gran-of-two, said: "Karen's mum, Pam, and I grew up together and our families are very close. You couldn't have met a nicer, kinder man than Karen's dad.

"Since his death Karen has worked extremely hard raising money for MND research. She has organised four big events, each one "As well full-time and young "We support Karen does of arranging begging gifts raffles, tombolas, stalls.

She's each one raising well over pounds 1,000. "As well as all this she has a full-time job, a home, husband and young daughter to care for. "We support her all we can but Karen does all the donkey work of arranging the venues and begging gifts and prizes for raffles, tombolas, cakes and other stalls.

She's a brilliant organiser.

She is a true inspiration.

Her dad would be so proud of her as we all are." Karen, who also lives with self-employed husband Derek, said of her nomination: "It's lovely and it's very surprising. "I don't think I have done anything different to anyone else. " It helps me to come to terms with it." Karen has raised more than pounds 6,000 in total. "I'm really chuffed with that," she said. …

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