Karen Cruickshank's Legacy



Cheque Presentation in Ward 29

Karen Cruickshank was a 44-year-old mother-of-three, and budding artist, from Dundee.

When she was diagnosed with cancer last year, talented amateur artist Karen Cruickshank wanted to leave a special tribute to her family — husband Stephen and children Stephen (17), Janette (16) and  Jason (5) — so she embarked on a family portrait.

Karen, of The Poplars, was a former Morgan Academy pupil and held down a number of cleaning jobs as well as studying for a childcare qualification at Dundee College.

Friend Linda Groves, who helped care for Karen in the later stages of her illness, said, "She was always working very hard and made lots of friends."   Despite being told in August that she could have as little as two weeks left, Karen "defied everybody" to have a last Christmas with friends and family, Linda went on.

Praising her friend's courage and sense of humour, she said Karen had made all the arrangements for her funeral in advance and had even managed to joke about it.   Even near the end, she was thinking of others and asked for a collection in aid of Tayside Children with Cancer and Leukaemia (TCCL).

Linad and Bill present Gaye with ChequeFolowing her funeral, Linda Groves along with Karen's Half brother Bill, visited Ward 29, to present Gaye Steel from Tayside Children with Cancer and Leukaemia with a cheque for £338.75, which was the proceeds of the collection taken at Karens funeral.

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