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Thursday, 02 July 2015

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Day of fun for fund in Sarah’s memory

A FAMILY fun day will be held on Saturday in memory of Whitehaven teenager, Sarah McKain.

Sarah McKain photo
Sarah McKain

By Julie Morgan

The event, held at the Hensingham ARLFC, will include a charity match (kick-off 3pm) and a race night as well as live entertainment, a raffle and face-painting.

Nineteen-year-old Sarah died on June 11, 2013 at the West Cumberland Hospital after undergoing a routine operation. She had been born with a rare heart defect which meant she had a single enlarged artery.

Cash raised at Saturday’s event, organised by Sarah’s brother and sister, Andrew and Hannah, will go towards Sarah’s Star Fund, which has already raised £3,000 in the past six months for children with heart defects.

Sarah’s mum, Anne, said: “This has been a very difficult year and we still can’t believe that Sarah’s gone. She was such an inspiration to us and others.

“My husband David and I are very proud of Hannah and Andrew who have put the event together despite never having done anything like this before. Sarah was the organiser of the family.

“The family feels as if we have been robbed of her and we miss her very much,’’ Anne said. “We have had fantastic support from family and friends who continue to help us through this emotional time. We very much appreciate it.’’

The match will be followed by a race afternoon with compère Lenny Lowery and live entertainment by Jac Dawson. Face-painting will be by Anne-Marie Mason, with refreshments by Peggy Mason, Anne Glaister and Lorraine Heslop.

Hannah said: “We want to say thank you to everyone who has continued to support us and help keep Sarah’s memory alive.

“The reason we are doing this match is to help children and adults with CHD but also to mark Sarah’s upcoming memorial in a way she would have liked, helping other people.

“We would like everyone to please come along and have a great day. Thanks also to Hensingham Rugby Club for their continued help and support and to Jan Winward and Phil Tyson for the poster.”

Members of Sellafield transport, including Sarah’s uncle, Ian McKain, will be doing a sponsored 150-mile bike ride from Whitehaven to Edinburgh on June 19 in aid of Sarah’s Star Fund.

Anyone wishing to give to the fund can donate to the Cumberland Building Society savings account number 52420477, sort code 165221.


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