Fancy West Ham match tickets? Help Hornchurch runner raise charity cash at fun night

PUBLISHED: 10:09 30 March 2017 | UPDATED: 14:44 30 March 2017

Karen Thomas clocking up the miles in preparation for the London Marathon. Picture: Karen Thomas.

Karen Thomas clocking up the miles in preparation for the London Marathon. Picture: Karen Thomas.

Karen Thomas

A woman who was prevented from enjoying sports at school due to an accident, is holding a fun charity night to raise cash for a disabled children’s charity.

Karen Thomas, 34, Elms Farm Road, Hornchurch, suffered a series of mishaps as a youngster which led to her having a leg in a straightening plaster for six months and knee cartilage issues which forced her to stop taking part in sports aged 12.

But surprisingly that turned around five years ago despite being diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, and she is now holding an event for Get Kids Going – a national charity which gives disabled children the opportunity to participate in sports.

“I have worked with disabled children through my teaching and my current work,” said Karen.

“I’m passionate about giving all children the best opportunities in life.”

Karen is determined to raise as much cash for the charity as she knows just how it feels to not be able to participate in fun activities at school.

The free event, on Thursday starts at 7.30pm at The Fatling, High Street, Hornchurch, and will feature a DJ, auction and raffle.

Top prizes include West Ham Match tickets, three month’s gym membership, a number of dinners for two, beauty therapies and high street vouchers.

“I started running about five years ago but never got past five miles,” she added.

“But with the correct guidance and training, I am now running the London Marathon. I have always wanted to do it as my dad ran 17 and is an inspiration to me.

“I am now up to 19 miles.

“I was told I could never play sport through injury and am lucky that I can now run marathons.

“Get Kids Going helps disabled children pursue their dreams by supplying the best equipment to help them play sport.

“It’s a great charity.”

To help Karen raise cash donate here.

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