Brother of Stevenage doctor killed in Afghanistan plans Three Peaks Challenge in her memory

PUBLISHED: 16:58 18 June 2017

Dr Karen Woo.

Dr Karen Woo.


The brother of an aid worker shot dead by the Taliban while in Afghanistan is taking on the Three Peaks Challenge to raise money for a charity set up in her memory.

Dr Karen Woo in the back of a US Army tank in Afghanistan in October 2009.Dr Karen Woo in the back of a US Army tank in Afghanistan in October 2009.

Karen Woo, who grew up in Stevenage and was a pupil at The Barclay School, was a doctor and was killed in 2010 while working with medical charity International Assistance Mission.

She was one of 10 aid workers ambushed and executed while returning to Afghanistan’s capital Kabul following a mission helping youngsters with eye problems.

Dr Woo had been planning to establish a clinic in a women’s prison in Kabul and was passionate about helping ordinary Afghans in the war-torn country.

The Karen Woo Foundation was set up in memory of the 36-year-old and is a grant-giving charity, focusing on supporting projects in Afghanistan which provide healthcare to communities which have little or no access to basic medical provision.

Andrew Woo is taking on the Three Peaks Challenge in memory of his sister, Karen Woo, who was shot dead by Taliban.Andrew Woo is taking on the Three Peaks Challenge in memory of his sister, Karen Woo, who was shot dead by Taliban.

Karen’s brother, Andrew Woo, is taking on the Three Peaks Challenge on July 21 in a bid to raise £1,250 for the charity.

He said: “I’m scaling each of the three tallest summits in Scotland, England and Wales and aiming to do it all within 24 hours, including travelling between them.

“Your support will mean so much to me, as this is so out of my comfort zone and not something I would ordinarily do.

“I’m scared of heights and the long trek up each of the peaks is extremely daunting, so every penny you can spare will inspire me onwards and upwards.

“Your money will go towards supporting vital projects in Afghanistan, where your donations really make a massive difference.”

Andrew has so far raised more than £600. He said: “Thank you so much to everyone who has generously sponsored me so far. It’s got me off to a great start and has really helped with getting into the training.

“The early morning starts getting to the gym always seem a bit brighter knowing I’ve got such great support, and not wanting to let anyone down.”

To sponsor Andrew, visit

For more about the Karen Woo Foundation, visit

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