Three charities to benefit from Seaton fun day

PUBLISHED: 13:45 25 June 2010

Its that time again when Karen Youens and her merry band of invaluable helpers stage the Holdenby fundraising extravaganza, in Seaton.

Now in its 5th year, the day, as ever, promises a lot of fun and bargains galore.

This year’s chosen beneficiaries are the Exeter Leukaemia Fund (ELF), Hospiscare and The Guide Dogs For The Blind Association.

Due to the sad loss recently of Karen’s father, Pete Cozens, the day holds extra poignancy this year. Pete fought a very brave battle against a form of cancer known as multiple myeloma. As well as care and attention of friends and family, Pete received magnificent support from ELF throughout the five-year battle with the disease, which is a cancer of the marrow bone.

He and his family also received the utmost care, kindness and compassion from Hospiscare, which enabled Pete to end his days with great dignity. Both of these organisations have to raise significant sums of money, each year, to continue there vital work.

Not content to just help from the sidelines, Karen’s daughter Hayley Youens is off in October to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania, which is Africa’s highest peak.

Working as a dispensing optician, she has set herself a challenge to help a sight-related charity, being Guide Dogs.

She said: “They do an amazing job to provide independence and freedom to thousands of blind or partially sighted adults and children.

“A guide dog is almost equal in many ways to giving a blind person sight itself.”

This year’s event will be taking place at Karen’s home, Holdenby, Fore Street, in Seaton,

There will be stalls selling homemade cakes, tombola, bric-a-brac, nearly new items, a bouncy castle and food and refreshments will be served all day.

There will be something for everyone.

Karen and Hayley would like to say a huge thank you to all those who give so freely of their time and without whom this day would not be possible.

The event, on Saturday, July 10 begins at 10am and runs until 4.30pm, everyone is invited to go along and show their support for the three worthy causes and, just for one day, forget those calories.

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