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Dundee United’s Ryan Edwards helps Forfar woman raise thousands for cancer charity in memory of fiancée

Karen White was heartbroken when her fiancée, Suzanne Bell, died.
Karen White was heartbroken when her fiancée, Suzanne Bell, died.

A grieving fiancée has raised thousands for a cancer charity in memory of her lost love.

Karen White from Forfar has so far raised raised more than £2,000 in total in aid of Pancreatic Cancer UK, after her fiancée, Suzanne Bell, died last summer.

Karen has set up a crowdfunder for the charity, climbed Ben Nevis and organised a raffle.

Dundee United player Ryan Edwards signed a club shirt for the raffle which raised £300.

Karen at home in Forfar, holding the Dundee United top signed by Ryan Edwards.
Karen at home in Forfar, holding the Dundee United top signed by Ryan Edwards.

Karen was heartbroken when her beloved fiancée died on July 29 last year at the age of 49 – just eight weeks after she was diagnosed.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, Karen was unable to be with Suzanne, who was living in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, when she died.

Karen and Suzanne were together for three years before getting engaged.
Karen and Suzanne were together for three years before getting engaged.

Karen, 50, said: “It’s still such a shock that I won’t see my girl again, she was only 49.

“She was the kindest, funniest, most sincere person I’d ever met, she made me laugh like no one else ever could.

“I miss the laughs we had together, the special memories we made, I will cherish [them] forever.”

Future cut short

Suzanne died just over a year after the couple got engaged on a cruise on Loch Lomond.

By fundraising for Pancreatic Cancer UK, Karen hopes it will save other people from having their future cut short.

Suzanne sitting with her beloved Shih Tzu, Honey. Right: Karen proposing to Suzanne on Loch Lomond in 2019.
Suzanne sitting with her beloved Shih Tzu, Honey. Right: Karen proposing to Suzanne on Loch Lomond in 2019.

“The pain I went through, I don’t want anyone else going through that,” Karen said.

“It [fundraising] is something deeply important to keep doing.”

Suzanne loved music and was “an absolutely beautiful singer”, Karen said.

She was fan of Scottish band Runrig after Karen introduced her to their music and the couple attended the band’s famous ‘The Last Dance’ show at Stirling Castle together in 2018.

Karen next to a portrait of her fiancée Suzanne.

Karen’s fundraising began in October when she raised £500 in sponsors by climbing Ben Nevis.

She was then delighted to be supported by Dundee United player Ryan Edwards who signed a club shirt for her raffle, which raised £300.

The raffle overall raised £1,200.

Ryan Edwards signs a shirt for Karen White.
Ryan Edwards signs a shirt for Karen White.

Ryan’s involvement was especially poignant for Karen, as he himself is a cancer survivor.

Ryan was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2018, and was given the all-clear later that year.

Ryan Edward’s autograph on the Dundee United jersey.

A spokesperson for Pancreatic Cancer UK praised Karen’s fundraising efforts.

They said: “We are unbelievably grateful that Karen is supporting us by raising funds for Pancreatic Cancer UK in her fiancée’s memory.

“The money Karen has raised by conquering Ben Nevis and enlisting the generous support of her local community will help fund our vital research.”

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