As a young woman Karen had two ambitions in life - she wanted to dedicate her life to nursing and to live in a cottage in the close-knit community of Charlestown she achieved both, but aged in 2003 at just 33 her life sadly changed when she was diagnosed with Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis. Karen was both a service user and avid fundraiser for the charity. Karen passed away in March 2014, aged 44, after living with the condition for more than 11 years.
Karen’s grandmother Edna Liddicoat, 96, and her team of helpers have raised nearly £90,000 for the charity, mainly through selling festive knitted items. The family’s efforts have enabled the charity to buy various pieces of equipment for the Karen Medlyn Therapy Gym.
Speaking about her granddaughter, Edna said:
“Karen was such a wonderful nurse – so many people would recognise her out and about and thank her for the special care she gave them. Karen fought her illness with courage and dignity, determined she would live an independent life. She was an avid fundraiser and supporter of the charity even before the Centre was open, we continue to fundraise for the charity in Karen's memory and to raise vital funds for those, who like Karen, gain so much from the therapies and support provided by the Centre.