23 July 2024

Huge boost to cancer charity

by Terry Bearpark

Members of a local charity have again made a substantial donation to another charity, HER Breast Friends.

Now in its 11th year, the Kerry Key Foundation was formed in 2013 after the death of Kerry Key (née Megson), from 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 and expected it to only last for a couple of years – but 11 years on and the charity is still going strong, and has helped dozens of people over that time.

A small but determined committee work hard to organise 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.

Recently three members of the foundation, Denise Winter, Avril Crawforth and Dawn Megson, were guests at the AGM of the HER Breast Friends charity, held at the Village Hotel in Hessle, and were proud to hand over a donation of £5,000 to chairman Pam Trays.

This has become an annual tradition for the KKF, as HER Breast Friends was a charity very close to Kerry’s heart, and it continues to provide support to women and families from this area.

Hull & East Riding Breast Friends is a registered charity run by volunteers, supported by a full-time member of staff, who themselves have been affected by breast cancer.

It was founded in November 2005 as a result of the friendship formed between Jan Jones and Liz Drury during treatment for breast cancer.

They recognised that, no matter how breast cancer touched your life, there was a will and a need to do something positive with the experience, and the idea of HER Breast Friends began.

Jan and Liz realised there was a need for a group that did not focus on the disease, but brought together the courage, strengths and determination of those affected for the benefit of all local people affected by breast cancer.

For more information, call 01482 221368 or visit herbreastfriends.org.uk. Anyone who knows someone locally in need of help, or 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.