Sister smashes fund-raising target

Kevin, 38, with sister Kathryn Cowen, 38, in September, in London
Kevin, 38, with sister Kathryn Cowen, 38, in September, in London
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A SISTER fund-raising in memory of her brother who died while completing a charity run has raised almost 10 times her target.

Kathryn Cowen set up an online Just Giving page in memory of Kevin Paterson when he died, moments after completing the Birmingham Half Marathon last year.

She, and Kevin’s widow Katy, 30, aimed to raise £500 for the charity CRY – Cardiac Risk in the Young – and so far have made £4,790 from 206 donations.

Kevin, who grew up in Seaham and went to St Aidan’s RC School, Ashbrooke, started running as a young boy and was making his return to the sport after a knee injury, when he died at the age of 36.

Kathryn, 38, who now lives in Whitley Bay with husband Pete, 51, said the donations have been overwhelming. “It kind of reaffirms how popular Kevin was,” she said.

“We always knew people loved him, but when they take the time to donate, it just confirms it.

“People who knew him have given money, and those who had never met him took part in the run.

“Some people have donated huge amounts of money.” Kathryn, and a group of family and friends will run in Kevin’s memory in the Birmingham Half Marathon in October.

Kevin, whose parents still live in Seaham, was buried on February 10 and a date for the inquest into his death is still to be set. “People say it will get easier after the funeral,” said Kathryn. “But it doesn’t. We haven’t had any closure yet.”

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