Karen Darke Announced as New Patron

Paralympic silver medallist, paratriathlete, adventurer and author, Karen Darke, has been announced as the latest Cornerstone patron at our AGM which was held on October 29.

Karen has cycled the length of Japan by handbike, skied across Greenland, climbed El Capitan and been crowned the 2009 World Para-Triathlon Champion. In 2015 she hopes to ski to the South Pole.

Karen, who was left paralysed from the neck down after falling from a cliff when she was 21, will use her profile and life experiences to help promote Cornerstone in its work supporting people with physical and learning disabilities throughout Scotland.

 She joins fellow Scottish sporting star, Richie Ramsay, as patron.

Karen said: “Becoming patron to a charity that does so much to overcome challenges and to be a leader for social change is wonderful.  I hope I can do a lot to help Cornerstone as they continue to change lives throughout Scotland.”

 Edel Harris, our Chief Executive, commented: “Karen is a truly inspirational character who has achieved so much in her life despite the many challenges she has had to face.  “It is an honour to have Karen join us as a patron and we are really excited to be working with her to help support our charitable work across Scotland.”

The Cornerstone AGM, which is sponsored by BP, provides attendees with the opportunity to hear the positive changes Cornerstone has made to the lives of people with disabilities and their families over the last year, as well as incorporating the official orders of business.

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