December, 2016

Newsletter 2015

Our latest Annual Newsletter is available to download here. If you have any problems downloading or viewing the newsletter, please email us and we will be happy to email it to you, or even post if you prefer.

October, 2015

Professor Narinder Kapur

Professor Narinder Kapur presenting a cheque for £2000 to Lynn Woo, trustee, for The Karen Woo Foundation.  He chose to make his generous donation in front of Mahatma Gandhi's statue in Parliament Square on the 2nd of October as it was Gandhi's birthday. Professor Kapur has been a very generous supporter to KWF. As he explained when he first contacted us it is a Hindu tradition to give thanks by giving to good causes for successful endeavours.

August, 2015

Padre Richard Priest

The photograph shows Padre Richard Priest of 1st Bn. The Royal Anglian Regiment in Kabul handing over a consignment of medical consumables to Dr. Sami Wahab, director of the Ibne Sina Hospital. These were collected and sent to Padre Priest by a loyal London supporter of the Karen Woo Foundation.

June, 2014

Gibraltar to Buckinghamshire finishing line

James Collins and fellow cyclists finished his epic cycle ride on the 14th of June. The fifteen riders including James' Dad rode into Adams Park High Wycombe in style, escorted by British Legion outriders. An exhausted but exuberant James celebrates his 1500 mile ride and the fact that he has so far raised $11,141.91 dollars for the Karen Woo Foundation. If you haven't already, tell him well done, by donating and  help him reach his target of $16,000.00. Go to his page  to donate.
May, 2014

Lael Moeb returned from Kabul

Lael Moeb has just returned from Kabul where she was able to visit the Window of Hope Orphanage. Listen to an interview she did for Afghan Voice radio by going to

June, 2014

Gibraltar to Buckinghamshire

A friend of Karen's, James Collins is cycling from Gibraltar to Buckinghamshire for KWF in June. It is called the Rockride 2 and consists of a gruelling 2,000 miles over 14 days. It is organised by the Buckinghamshire Freemasons with support from non masons. People can go to to learn more and go to James' Justgiving page to donate.

Rock Ride 2

April, 2014

Gibraltar to Buckinghamshire Fundraiser

The St Georges Day Celebration on the 26th of April was a brilliant evening held at Brodie's bar Canary Wharf. There was an auction, raffle and lucky dip, a great disco with a fun and friendly atmosphere, a skilled demonstration of stilt walking by a medieval princess and an exciting and captivating performance by a female fire eater. Among the guests were medieval princesses, dragons, St George with and without horse, Merlin and King Henry. The red cross of England and St George was celebrated in true English style while money was raised for the Foundation. 

 James Colins

January, 2014

Texas man becomes CFO of Kabul orphanage

NPR in the USA did a little piece on Window of Hope that went out on National Radio in the US and online. It stimulated some interesting and challenging discussion. Have a look, and listen on NPR website.




December, 2013

Newsletter December 2013

Our latest Annual Newsletter is available to download here. If you have any problems downloading or viewing the newsletter, please email us and we will be happy to email it to you, or even post if you prefer.




April, 2013

2012 Devizes to Westminster Canoe Challenge

Lee Hamilton and James Kenyon planned to paddle 125 miles nonstop for the Karen Woo Foundation. 

They took part in the gruelling Devizes to Westminster Kayak race, but sadly had to pull out before completion this year as hypothermia took its toll. 

Thank you to them both for their heroic effort and to their sponsors for upholding their pledges, in recognition of that effort.

June, 2012

2012 Virgin Money Cyclone Cycling Challenge

Thank you to everyone who supported a group of us undertaking the 2012 Virgin Money Cyclone cycling Challenge

We're pleased to report that we successfully completed the challenge, albeit in a less than flattering time.

There were some really tough times out on the cycle, but the thought of everyone's support and the good causes we're backing kept us going

You can still sponsor us via our Justgiving page.

Thank you for the support of Back on Track Fitness Studio for your support

September, 2012

Great Wall trek charity challenge

The Trustees of the Karen Woo Foundation would like to congratulate and thank Rachel Crowley, for her remarkable charity challenge trekking the Great Wall of China, raising funds for the Foundation.

You can still show your support by visiting Rachel's Justgiving page to sponsor her.

September, 2012

40th wedding celebration benefits the KWF

Marie and Brian Proctor celebrated 40 years of marriage with a party with friends and family at their Stafford home. Marie, a cousin of Karen, requested that instead of anniversary gifts her guests could donate to the Karen Woo Foundation. The KWF trustees would like to thank Marie, Brian and their guests for raising over £370 for the Foundation.

September, 2012

Robin Hood half marathon

Congratulations to Charlotte and Priya, two 4th year medical students at the University of Nottingham, who completed the Robin Hood Half Marathon in Nottingham on Sunday the 30th of September to raise funds for the Karen Woo Foundation.

You can still support them by visiting their Justgiving page to sponsor them.

Thank you to Charlotte and Priya, and everyone who sponsored and supported them.

October, 2012

3 countries in a day cycle

Thank you and congratulations to Lucy Knight and Rosalind Conlon who took part in the 3 Countries in a day cycle (28th Oct), where they travelled from France along the Belgium coast line, ending in the Netherlands, all in 1 day.

You can still show your support for them by visiting their Justgiving page.

Great work, your efforts are truly appreciated.

November, 2012

10 mile run

Thank you to Vicky Sanders, who completed a 10 mile run to raise money for the Foundation. Vicky had only just started getting back into running shortly before the run, so this is a massive challenge.

You can still sponsor her by visiting her Justgiving page.

Thank you to Vicky and everyone who supported her.

January, 2013

Second container on it's way

The KWF is pleased to announce there is a second container on its way to Afghanistan, organised by Mike King and Clive O'Sullivan. It contains work clothing donated by Arco to be distributed by Afghan Action, computers donated by a girls' school here for a girl's school there, also under Afghan Action's care, and donated Medical supplies destined for the Ibn Sina Hospital Kabul from us. There is even some cricket gear donated through Francis Wauchope who has been instrumental in arranging the freighting of the container.

We are grateful to the HQ RLC (TA) and 562 squadron 151 (London) Transport Regiment for moving the container out of Harlow to a distribution point for completion and then to Southampton, both moves in appalling weather.

May, 2013

Dr Narinder Kapur presents cheque to Lynn Woo

Dr. Narinder Kapur, consultant neuropsychologist and visiting Professor of Neuropsychology at University College London, and a follower of Mahatma Ghandi, presented £3000 donation to Lynn Woo for the Karen Woo Foundation, in honour of Karen's courage and determination.

The ceremony took place in front of the Ghandi statue in Tavistock Square, London. Thank you to Dr Kapur for this generous donation, the foundation is very grateful for your support and the difference it will make in the lives of the women and children we support.


May, 2013

Container of supplies arrived and dispensed

The Foundation are pleased to announce the safe arrival of a second container of supplies in Afghanistan in March/April. The items have been dispensed, overseen by Samad Samadi of AfghanAction. He personally saw to the medical supplies being taken to the Ibn Sina Hospital, Kabul.

June, 2013

HealthProm grant

The Karen Woo Foundation are delighted to announce a grant to the charity HealthProm. The money generously given by our supporters will pay for the training of 38 Community Health Workers from several villages, as well as for medicines and equipment for the health workers and also provide for medical and other supplies for maternity departments and health centres, as part of a larger project being run by HealthProm in Afghanistan. Their work will make a significant difference, saving lives and making a positive impact.

HealthProm, started in 1984 is a charity whose mission is to work in partnership to promote health and social care for women and children in Afghanistan, Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Mongolia. Currently it has active projects in Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgzistan. Read more about their work at

July, 2013

Window of Hope Orphanage grant

The Karen Woo Foundation is delighted to announce, in partnership with The Linda Norgrove Foundation and Afghan Professionals Network, a grant to help support the Window of Hope Orphanage in Afghanistan.

The orphanage houses 13 children with disabilities - five of whom have a severe physical disability. The home is run by a woman with disabilities who grew up in the home herself and benefited from the care she received there. She continues to live there, with assistance from various staff including a cook and a carer.

August, 2013

Announcing grant to La Chaine De L'Espoir childrens house

The Karen Woo Foundation is delighted to announce that it has been able to make a further grant to La Chaine De L'Espoir for the medical treatment and care of 15 more children at the Children's House, Kabul. See our reports on last years projects to see before and after pictures of children helped then by this amazing organisation. Look forward to seeing and hearing about the stories of the individual children who will have their young lives dramatically improved through much needed surgery and before and aftercare they receive through the Children's House with your help.


2017 Colour Run

Camps Hill School in Stevenage will be generously using their annual Colour Run fundraiser to support the Foundation.  This year's Colour Run is scheduled for Friday 31st March 2017 from 12:45pm, their last day of Spring Term. The fundraiser is held to raise funds to go towards providing new ICT equipment for the school's children aged 2-11 years, with a portion generously being donated to the Karen Woo Foundation to support our on-going work in Afghanistan.  Thank you to all the staff and children of Camps Hill School.

Helen Iveson

A big Thank you to Helen Iveson, a good friend of Karen, who completed the Fordingbridge Half Marathon on 26 Feb 2017 . A massive Thank you to Helen, and everyone who supported her.  You can still sponsor her visiting her Justgiving page:

Steve Muir

Steve Muir, a cousin of Karen, completed the gruelling Cyprus Ultra Marathon. A massive Thank you to Steve, and everyone who supported him.  He was able to raise over £2,000 to support the Foundation.  Visit his Justgiving page to support his effort and raise money for KWF:

Vicky Sanders

Vicky Sanders ran in both the Eden Project Half Marathon and the Temple Ten, the two races being a week apart. 

Richard Mair

Richard Mair took part in the McCains Yorkshire Coast 10K, finishing in under an hour. 

Chris Tillbrook running the London Marathon

Congratulations to Chris who completed the London Marathon in 3 hours 36 minutes and 54 seconds.He raised over £1400+ which with gift aid becomes £1800+for KWF A big thank you to Chris and to all who supported him.  He has a page for donations set up on Virgin Money Giving.

04 January 2014

Stuart Millburn and friends

Many thanks to Stuart Millburn and friends who organised a collection among peers of Karen at a Barclay School reunion on the 4th of January 2014 for KWF.

21 December 2013

Carol and Tosh

Thank you to Carol and Tosh of The Mallard Stevenage who raised money for KWF through a super Christmas Raffle on the 21st Dec 2013.

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