Kerry Key lived in the Holderness area for the majority of her life. She had two children, one of whom was born prematurely, and was left with learning and physical disabilities. She was an avid advocate for the disabled, and those unable to care for themselves.
After being diagnosed with cancer, she channelled her energies into raising awareness of Breast Cancer, and assisting others who had been diagnosed, by supporting, motivating, and raising monies by fund raising events.
Kerry refused to be defined by her illness, and even though she knew what the outcome would be, she lived her life to the full, and continued to be an inspiration to those around her. She would never have described herself as being special or extraordinary in any way, but that is how others saw her.
She fought bravely for 7 years. Following her death in February 2013, we formed the Kerry Key Foundation, in an endeavour to continue the charitable work in her name. We are a registered charity and all monies amassed will be forwarded to the charities Kerry supported. These include The Jane Tomlinson Appeal, Hull & East Riding Breast Friends, St Anne’s Community School, and Cancer Research UK.
The KKF is run by Kerry’s friends and family, who give their time and fund raising efforts voluntarily. No one is paid to do anything and every penny raised goes directly to other causes. The KKF members and trustees meet regularly at Kerry’s dad’s house, to plan the next fund raising event and to review those we have completed.
A successful first year, we have presented monies to 4 charities above with either a donation, or, a pledge to purchase something they need, at a Fancy Dress Party being held to commemorate Kerry’s birthday on Saturday 10th, at the Alexandra Hall in Hedon.
We are aware of the need to adapt our fund raising activities, to ensure we avoid targeting the same groups of people all the time. So, in the first year, we have included: running events, like the York Marathon and the Hull 10k, a Coffee Morning in Preston Village Hall, a Wear It Pink Ball at Cave Castle, a Ladies Lunch, a Christmas Open House, and a Horse Hack.
Our fund raisers have tackled the Coast to Coast Cycle challenge. The 8 cyclists will be led by Kerry’s husband, Antony Key, and they will follow the route known as the Way of The Roses. The route began in Morecambe on Tuesday 6th May, and they hope to arrive in Bridlington by the afternoon of Thursday 8th May, having covered over 170 miles in the saddle.
We continue to support Kerry’s core charities, but hope to benefit a broader spectrum of causes as we develop. We will be looking for local projects or causes in the Hull and Holderness area, which we think Kerry would have been proud to have been associated with.
- Charity’s Secretary 07734 393670