FRIENDS of Kerry Key, the local charity fund-raising mum who died of breast cancer last year, have taken part in a coast-to-coast 170 mile Cycle Challenge. The group of eight cyclists have completed the Way of the Roses route from Morecambe in Lancashire to East Yorkshire’s Bridlington.
They may have finished the ride, but Donations and sponsorship can still be made on the Kerry Key Foundation JustGiving page. To find out how to make donations through other methods, please ring the Charity’s Secretary, Louise King on 07734 393670.
Louise tells us about Kerry and the Kerry Key Foundation:
“Kerry Key lived in the Holderness area for the majority of her life. She had two children, one of whom was born prematurely, and was left with learning and physical disabilities. She was an avid advocate for the disabled, and those unable to care for themselves.
“After being diagnosed with cancer, she channelled her energies into raising awareness of Breast Cancer, and assisting others who had been diagnosed, by supporting, motivating, and raising monies by fund-raising events.
“Kerry refused to be defined by her illness, and even though she knew what the outcome would be, she lived her life to the full, and continued to be an inspiration to those around her. She would never have described herself as being special or extraordinary in any way, but that is how others saw her.
“She fought bravely for 7 years. Following her death in February 2013, we formed the Kerry Key Foundation, in an endeavour to continue the charitable work in her name.
“The Foundation is a registered charity and all monies amassed will be forwarded to the charities Kerry supported. These include The Jane Tomlinson Appeal, Hull & East Riding Breast Friends, St Anne’s Community School, and Cancer Research UK.
“The charity is run by Kerry’s friends and family, who give their time and fund-raising efforts voluntarily. No one is paid to do anything and every penny raised goes directly to other causes. Members and trustees meet regularly at Kerry’s dad’s house, to plan the next fund-raising event and to review those we have completed.”
Following a successful first year, the Foundation will be presenting the four charities with either a donation, or, a pledge to purchase something they need, at a Fancy Dress Party being held to commemorate Kerry’s birthday – she would have been 38 – on Saturday 10th May 2014, at the Alexandra Hall in Hedon.
This year the Foundation hopes to help a wider group of individuals or people benefit from its activities: Louise said: “We will be looking for local projects or causes in the Hull and Holderness area, which we think Kerry would have been proud to have been associated with.”