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Thursday, 02 October 2014

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Sarah’s Star Fund tops £8,000 in first year

A CHARITY set up in memory of a Whitehaven teenager has raised £8,000.

Nineteen-year-old Sarah McKain, who was an active fundraiser, died in June last year. Subsequently, her family set up Sarah’s Star Fund to raise money for congenital heart defect charities such as CHD-UK and CHUF.

Staff from Sellafield’s transport department B130 got on their bikes recently to ride 162 miles in support of the Fund, raising £2,000.

Anne McKain, Sarah’s mum, said: “I would like to thank everyone who raised the money. Most of the group didn’t know Sarah and just wanted to offer their help.’’

A bag pack will be held at Morrisons on October 4 to raise funds for the Fund, as well as an event organised by Sarah’s brother and sister, Andrew and Hannah, in the same month. The family has been raising money for the Fund since last October.

Sarah died at the West Cumberland Hospital following a routine operation. She was born with a rare heart defect which meant she had a single enlarged artery.

It is believed her death was not related to her heart condition.

Described as “selfless and caring,’’ Sarah raised cash for various charities as well as Patterdale and Pillar wards, and the Special Care Baby Unit at the West Cumberland Hospital.

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