Courageous mum inspired fundraiser to help others

Karen's family and friends presented a cheque and plaque to Ward 66 at Glasgow Royal Infirmary.
Karen's family and friends presented a cheque and plaque to Ward 66 at Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

The kind-hearted family of a mum who lost her brave battle with cancer last year have helped fulfil one of her last wishes.

Karen Storrie passed away in July 2012 from bowel cancer aged just 51. She fought against the disease and several months later she was told that the cancer appeared to be gone.

Sadly, however, the cancer returned and had spread.

When she was ill the mum-of-two was not allowed to eat and was encouraged to drink, but was hardly able to do either as the pain took hold.

The one comfort for Karen, and other similar patients, was having some ice to rub on their lips and to keep in their mouth as it provided much -needed moisture and relief from heat and dryness.

However, not all hospital wards have ice machines, so Karen’s family decided to raise money to buy a machine for ward 66 at Glasgow Royal Infirmary where Karen was treated.

Her sister Alison, daughter Hayley (23) and Alison’s daughter D’arcy (12), as well as other family and friends, ran the Race for Life at Glasgow Green.

Other fundraising included Karen’s friend John McMonagle cycling from Glasgow to Edinburgh and Alison organised a charity night at her Bishopbriggs home.

In total they raised an impressive £2,680.

Alison described Karen as a “great mum” and a “party animal”.

She said: “When Karen was in Glasgow Royal Infirmary she felt all she could take was ice. The nurses had to run up two or three flights of stairs to another ward to get it. One of Karen’s wishes was to have an ice machine in the ward.

“The staff on the ward were over the moon with the money and we presented them with a plaque in memory of Karen.

“The nurses themselves have been raising money to get an ice machine.”

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