Meriden resident and brain tumour survivor Karen Yardley will be abseiling 200 feet from London’s ArcelorMittal Orbit in the Olympic and Paralympic Park on Saturday 9th June 2018 to raise awareness and funds for The Brain Tumour Charity. The former Balsall Common resident and self-confessed motorcycle enthusiast explains:
“I’m so proud to be able to raise funds and awareness for research. On the 9th June almost a year to the day I had Teresa removed.”
Since then Karen has experienced many trials and tribulations throughout a long and difficult recovery. Yet, despite her difficulties, Karen has managed to expend a huge amount of energy raising awareness and funds for her chosen cause. First Karen participated in The Brain Tumour Charity’s Twilight Walk in Warwick, before coordinating May’s impressive Family Fun Day in Meriden.
“That’s not all though!” says Karen of her abseiling challenge:
“The best part is Sarah Lindsell the CEO of The Brain Tumour Charity is coming down with me. I met Sarah in September last year at the Warwick twilight walk where she pushed me in my wheelchair for about 8 miles. I consider her a friend now and I was honoured and blown away when she found out I was doing the abseil that she dropped everything to be able to do it with me and the others on that day. All I’ve asked for is that Army by Ellie Goulding is playing as we come down as that song is my anthem to you guys and my family and friends because when I’m with you I’m standing with an army!”
The Brain Tumour Charity has a very special place in aren’s heart for the amazing work they do and her plea to the community is simple:
“Please share this news with friends family and anyone else, so we can raise some money!”
Karen has set herself a fundraising target of £5000, which at the time of writing she was just over halfway towards achieving.
Visit Karen’s Vigin Money Giving web page.