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Forma House supports cancer charities

British home and giftware distributor Forma House will be supporting the Women V Cancer charities and their colleague Karen

Throughout 2016 the Forma House team will be supporting the Women V Cancer charities and Forma House colleague Karen Lincoln in her fundraising efforts to complete the challenge of a lifetime - cycling 450km through Vietnam and Cambodia in just 6 days.

Karen, who has worked in the housewares industry for over 7 years (within the Forma accounts department), is aiming to raise over £3,000 for the three incredible charities involved - Breast Cancer Care, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust and Ovarian Cancer Action - to help them continue in their life-saving work.

Already gaining a raft of support via social media (100+ on our facebook page alone) – the campaign launched on the Forma House Blog last month.

Titled ‘Karen’s story’ the emotional diary focuses on Karen’s journey from the point of diagnosis, through to treatment and of course where she is now, ready to take on this epic adventure.

Here’s what Karen said when asked about why she was taking on the challenge -
‘’At the time being 51 years old, unfit and terribly overweight – how could I resist?! I couldn’t ever remember cycling before - not even as a child! I think as you get older you get braver and I intend to follow my dreams. I really truly believe if you can see it, you can do it, and I intend to just go for it and grab it with both hands. There’s no time for ‘what if’s’ they don’t exist in my world anymore.’’

And on the motivation behind it all: “Sadly Cancer doesn’t stop when the treatment finishes. The psychological effects stay with you and you have to live with people’s expectations of you being back to ‘normal’- whatever normal is or was, but you are far from it, you are different, you feel different, you wear the scars and it can be a lonely place. There is life after cancer, but we all just need the support to get through it - that is my motivation.’’

Karen’s 450km 6 day ‘Women v Cancer’ cycle challenge across Vietnam & Cambodia is in aid of: Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, Ovarian Cancer Action and Breast Cancer Care. The challenge commences November 2016.

You can read Karen's story online here

You can make a donation via Karen’s JUST GIVING page by clicking here

Forma House has been established for nearly 50 years distributing distinctive home and giftware to retailers across the UK.

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