Boost for charity set up in murdered Stevenage doctor’s name

A man carries his relative to a wheelchair funded by the Karen Woo Foundation.

A man carries his relative to a wheelchair funded by the Karen Woo Foundation. - Credit: Archant

An appeal to help keep a charity running that was set up in memory of a doctor shot dead by Taliban in Afghanistan has had a positive response.

Karen Woo was shot dead by Taliban in Afghanistan in 2010.

Karen Woo was shot dead by Taliban in Afghanistan in 2010. - Credit: Archant

Doctor Karen Woo, of Brixham Close in Stevenage, was killed on August 5, 2010, while working with medical charity International Assistance Mission.

The 36-year-old had been part of an 11-strong team taking medical aid to villagers. The group was ambushed by gunmen with automatic weapons and Karen was shot twice. She was killed along with nine others of the mostly American team. One man survived.

In August this year, on the fifth anniversary of Karen’s death, her mother Lynn issued a heartfelt plea in the Comet for help to keep a charity running that had been set up in her daughter’s memory.

The Karen Woo Foundation 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.

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As time has gone on, the charity has found it increasingly difficult to raise the funds needed to continue its good work.

Since the appeal in the Comet, however, the charity has been able to give a grant towards buying 37 wheelchairs through the Association of Afghan Healthcare Professionals-UK, as well as buy an incubator for a hospital in Kabul.

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The foundation has also been able to give money towards the upkeep of an orphanage for children with learning disabilities, and a family friend has raised £215 at his workplace - Admin Re in Hitchin.

Dr Shams, of AAHP-UK, said: “The wheelchair project has now been completed successfully. We have absolutely no doubt that all this would not have been possible without the generous grant received from the Karen Woo Foundation by AAHP-UK. We would like to thank everyone involved in this project.”

Lynn said: “Thank you to those who responded to our appeal and I hope they feel it was worthwhile seeing what can be achieved by a small charity given the support.”

If you want to support The Karen Woo Foundation, visit, email or call Philip French on 07966 018015.

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