Schoolmates ditch the booze in memory of their friend Karen

School friends raise money in memory of Karen Hill
School friends raise money in memory of Karen Hill

A group of school friends ditched alcohol for a month in memory of their former classmate, who died aged 38.

Karen Hill, from Featherstone, lost her battle with breast cancer in June this year and she was cared for by staff at The Prince of Wales Hospice.

Karen Hill

Karen Hill

Sixteen of Mrs Hill’s school friends, who all went to Featherstone High School, gave up alcohol in October to raise money for the hospice.

And they visited staff at the centre on Halfpenny Lane, Pontefract, in December to hand over a cheque for £5,091.07.

Clair Robinson, the brainchild behind the fundraiser, said: “Karen was really brave and spoke openly about what she went through. She really inspired me to do something positive for the hospice.

“Karen liked a night out and a few drinks and I thought it would be nice for her to be looking down on us all trying to go sober for a month.”

Mrs Robinson, 38, of Featherstone, contacted her former classmates over Facebook and 15 of her friends pledged to join her in giving up alcohol.

She said: “A lot of us had lost touch but because Karen was so well liked, they all wanted to do it. I am not a big drinker but knowing I could not have a drink at night was more of a challenge than I thought.”

The group also did bag packing fundraisers at Morrisons and were joined by members of Mrs Hill’s family.

Mrs Robinson said: “I am very proud of what we achieved and Karen’s mum and dad said they were humbled by what we raised.

“She was a lovely girl with a very kind heart and left behind three young girls and a devastated family. I’d like to thank everyone who donated and helped Karen’s family.”