Executive Vice President

Following a career in music, Karen joined Cancer Research UK as a volunteer before spending 15 years working for CLIC Sargent. Having become aware of the hospice movement at a very young age due to personal circumstances, it was in 2002 that Karen’s ambition to work in children’s palliative care came to fruition when she joined The Shooting Star Children’s Hospice.

In her current role Karen helps to drive forward and develop specialist fundraising streams, creating high-profile events and a donor programme to build longevity and sustainability within fundraising. Karen is also responsible for working with the charity’s Vice-Presidents, Patrons and celebrity supporters, as well as leading on projects to raise awareness and income such as the X Factor charity single and the Dame Joan Collins collection – kindly donated by Dame Joan and showcased in a number of the charity’s shops.

Most recently, Karen secured funding for the refurbishment of Christopher’s (the charity’s Guildford hospice), worked with NEXT to see the charity benefit from the retailers 5p carrier bag levy and addressed a key audience at 10 Downing Street on the importance of the care service that Shooting Star Chase provides.

Best thing about Shooting Star Chase:

“Working with a fantastic team across the charity and of course the privilege of meeting the families we support and helping them create special memories.”

If Karen was one of the Friendlies, she would be…

Sugar of course – what with their matching names!

Sugar