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The Karen Trust team

Our Mission

Our mission at the Karen Trust is to open a dedicated retreat in the UK for terminally ill cancer sufferers in the thirty plus age range.

The retreat will offer patients and their families a place where they can escape the constant radiotherapy, chemotherapy and other forms of hospital treatments and create a lasting memory when years are no longer an option.




  • Our Team

  • Our Retreat

  • Eligibility Criteria

  • Application Form

The Karen Trust is managed by our Committee members who are:

Mary Gill

I am a 41 years old mother of a beautiful daughter who I adore and every day I count my blessings.

Over the years I have had a lot of love ones who have suffered with cancer. Five of my aunts sadly died. My dad was diagnosed with cancer at 53 and was told he would not survive but he beat it sadly passing 20 years later with a heart attack . I'll never forget the fear I felt at 13 thinking I was going to lose my dad. I went with him for lot of his surgery and visits to hospital. I know he is very proud looking down on the work we do at the Karen Trust supporting families through the most difficult of times.

Marcia Berry

As one of Karen's closest friends and god mother to her youngest daughter, Marcia was with Karen throughout her illness. She saw first hand the effect that cancer has on the sufferer and their families. Because of this Marcia is proud to be part of The Karen Trust team that helps and create memories for such families. Marcia has been a Treasurer for another charity for over 5 years and brings her accounting and procedural skills to the team.

Andrea Blake

Andrea met Karen through her cousin Mitchell, Karen’s partner & Lily-Rose’s Father. They became very close friends, especially during Karen’s illness.

“Up until that point, I had never lost anyone as close and I was struck by her braveness and dignity Karen displayed the whole way through her illness. She was truly beautiful, inside and out and never complained about her illness. Instead, she only worried about the loved ones who she would leave behind”

“When Joe approached me about being part of the Trust, I didn’t hesitate. I wanted to do my bit to bring Karen’s hopes to life, of offering others in a similar situation, but without the financial means, a well deserved break with their families in Karen’s honour"

Shirley Chin

I was born and raised in Luton. I have a degree in community management. My working career has mainly involved all aspects of finance which I put to use working for a housing association in Watford. I have 3 grown up children and grandchildren. I enjoy socialising, music and reading.

Having supported events that Andrea has taken part in for the Karen trust I feel that I can bring an experience of organisation in event planning/fundraising and networking, along with an understanding of family and friends experiences and bereavement and the issues around that.

Phyllis Rowley

Phyllis has worked in the payments industry for over 25 years specialising in the business operations area. Following the loss of both parents to cancer Phyllis wanted to use her time and operational skills to make a difference to others who found themselves in the same situation. Working as part of The Karen Trust team has fulfilled that goal as we enable families to create lasting memories that they can treasure.

Joseph Singh

Joseph has worked in numerous fields since leaving school in 1976  but mainly within the area of sales and marketing. Joseph founded The Karen Trust after his sister Karen past away from cancer in 2009. It was Karen's  wish to help people with the same condition; supporting families when time was no longer an option.    
"It really is great that all the girls on the committee give up there time to help others in Karen's situation and being able to help even one person makes all the difference in the the world to that person ".

Our RetreatThe Karen Trust retreat will be a place where patients can stay with their loved ones to indulge themselves in the tranquillity and peace of the countryside. A place where they can escape the constant radiotherapy, chemotherapy and other forms of hospital treatments they have to endure.


Achievements so far

Stephen Purdew (Co-owner Champney’s Health Spa & Resorts) has very kindly agreed to The Karen Trust building their first retreat house on the Forest Mere estate, where we have full planning permission. Current stage - The trust are currently raising funds (minimum £250K) for us to be able to start the build of our first retreat.

The Karen Trust Donation Eligibility Criteria

Aims: Our ultimate aim is to raise funds to design, build and open a dedicated retreat house in the UK for terminally ill cancer sufferers. Whilst we work towards that goal we will be providing interim financial support to terminally ill cancer patients on a quarterly basis.

General Operation: Money is raised throughout the year from events organised by The Karen Trust and by individual supporters of The Karen Trust through various fundraising events. A predefined amount is distributed by the Board of Trustees a minimum of four times a year, on receipt of completed application forms. Requests for support should be made directly to The Karen Trust or through our partner Keech Hospice Care.

Distribution of Funds: Consideration for funding will be given to those meeting the following criteria:

  • Terminally ill cancer patients
  • Patients with low or no income. Priority will be given to those people who are in receipt of Income Support. Patients may be asked to complete a Financial Disclosure form
  • Patients will be from the 30 plus age group.

The aim of The Karen Trust is to make a difference to terminally ill cancer sufferers lives. This may take the form of:

  • A short break within the UK to spend some time with loved ones
  • A one off financial donation to help with any immediate needs
  • A one off financial donation to fulfill a lifetime dream

Eligibility for charity support will be determined regardless of race, colour, sex, religion, age, national origin or sexual orientation.


Are you eligible? Apply below:
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