22 May 2024

Easter boost for Kerry Key Foundation

by Terry Bearpark

A local charity has seen its funds boosted by almost £5,000 thanks to a grand Easter draw.

In aid of the Kerry Key Foundation, it took place at the Memorial Hall in Burton Pidsea on Sunday when supporters and those who have benefited from its activities enjoyed refreshments and got the chance to meet committee members and Kerry’s family to learn more about its valuable work which has seen more than £133,000 given out in donations. A raffle and donations added to the total.

The first prize in the draw was a luxury holiday at Bainland Lodge Retreat in Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire, worth £2,500, made possible thanks to generous donations from Paul Harrison, Lee Solway and Bainland, with £100 being won as the second prize.

Committee spokeswoman Louise King gave a resumé of the group’s activities over the past 10 years, outlining fundraising activities and the organisations it had been able to help, including HER Breast Friends, with which it worked closely with support and financial help.

The Kerry Key Foundation was formed in 2013 after the death of Kerry Key (née Megson), of Hedon, who had had breast cancer for seven years.

Her family and friends decided to honour her memory by forming the charity to help local families, individuals and other charities. They expected it to only last for a couple of years, but 10 years on it is still going strong, and has helped numerous of people over that time.

A small but determined committee organises regular fundraising events, from concerts to tea parties and charity balls to sponsored events and bike rides, finding support not only in South Holderness but further afield in Hull and Yorkshire.

As a small group of volunteers, they are justifiably proud of their achievements and are always happy to share their list of donations to anyone who wishes to see it.

Anyone who knows someone locally in need of help, or who would like to support the foundation’s work, can contact secretary Louise King on 07734 363970. The group also has a Facebook page – Kerry Key Foundation.