Memorial fund set up for murdered Dr Karen Woo

A DOCTOR who was shot dead while on an aid mission in Afghanistan has had a memorial fund set up in her memory.

The family and friends of Dr Karen Woo, who grew up in Brixham Close, Stevenage, gathered in London yesterday (Thursday) for the launch of the fund, which will help buy much-needed medical equipment.

The 36-year-old former Barclay student was killed along with nine other aid workers when their convoy was attacked in August, just two weeks before she was due to marry her fianc�, Mark Smith.

Speaking after Dr Woo’s death, which the Taliban claimed responsibility for, her family said in a statement: “She was a true hero and, whilst scared, she never let that prevent her from doing things she felt she had to do.

“We hope the legacy she leaves is to inspire others to give love and aid rather than perpetuate hate and violence.”

Dr Woo had been in Afghanistan working with a Christian charity to help provide healthcare in remote villages and the charity now hopes to raise money with the help of the memorial fund to continue her work.