Sunderland mum honoured for £140,000 fundraising efforts

Karen Seafield, of Halvergate Close, Sunderland, who has collected a 10,000 name petition take make prostrate cancer screenings compulsory after her father died after being diagnosed in 2008.
Karen Seafield, of Halvergate Close, Sunderland, who has collected a 10,000 name petition take make prostrate cancer screenings compulsory after her father died after being diagnosed in 2008.
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A mum-of-two has been recognised for raising £140,000 for charity.

Karen Seafield, 37, from Pennywell, has received a five-year long service award for her work in raising vital funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

I have lots of experience in events and I want to help other volunteers to stage them

Karen Seafield, charity champ

And she doesn’t want to stop there.

Karen is establishing a new fundraising group in Sunderland, the KLR Macmillan Pioneers, which will help people to stage their own charity events.

She will be drawing upon her years of experience which has seen her organise countless charity nights for various causes, ranging from coffee mornings and charity nights, to boxing events and spiritualist evenings.

Karen, who is mum to Reece, 18, and Lyndon, 13, was inspired to throw herself into charity work when her dad, Dennis Seafield, was diagnosed with prostate cancer.

After his death in January 2011, aged 66, she felt more inspired than ever to help others.

“My dad was diagnosed in 2009 and I started doing everything I could to raise awareness of the disease and help with fundraising,” she said. “I’ve been a patron for Macmillan for the past seven years and also a Cancer Voice.

“I have lots of experience in events and I want to help other volunteers to stage them.”

Macmillan fundraising manager Liz Airey said: “Joining the KLR Pioneers group will not only give you the opportunity to meet new friends, getting involved with organising events, raising awareness for Macmillan, but most importantly raising funds to develop and maintain local services.

“In the Wearside area Macmillan provides local support to cancer patients, their carers, families and friends.

“We guide them through the system, supporting them every step of the way. We fund nurses and other specialist health care professionals.

l Karen’s first KLR Macmillan Pioneers meeting is at The Best Western Roker Hotel on Tuesday, July 14, at 6.30pm until 8.30pm. Anyone is welcome to find out more about the group.