Twenty three year old Ed Lowe from Willenhall will this week hold a charity night in memory of the much loved TV Presenter Caron Keating. The former Blue Peter star died on April 13th 2004 after a seven year battle with breast cancer - she was just forty one years old. Caron left behind a husband and two young sons. This Friday 30th March a special musical extravaganza will be held in aid of the Caron Keating Foundation set up by Caron's family in her memory shortly after her death.
Coventry University student Ed has his own experiences of the disease, his mother Bridget was diagnosed with cancer in the 1990s. After treatment she made a full recovery but the memory of that time still lives on, Ed said ' I was only seven or eight when my mother had cancer but I can still remember how frightening it was for us all. We hoped and prayed she'd pull through and thank God she did. Caron's family wasn't so fortunate and that's why I've decided to hold this charity eveningalmost three years to the day Caron left our world'
The charity night takes place at The Standard Triumph Club, Tile Hill Lane, Tile Hill, Coventry CV4 9DG. It will be hosted by Ed and ITV 1 Central News Presenter Chris James. X Factor 2004 finalists 2togo will headline the event.
There will also be an auction in aid of the Foundation. Items include a rare print of a painting created by Caron when she attended art classes in Byron Bay, Australia during her fight against the disease. Guests can also bid for tickets to a match at Coventry City, a meal for two at Wing Wah restaurant in Tile Hill and dinner at Browns in the City Centre.
Gloria Hunniford said ' We have to live with the fact that Caron didn't win her battle in the end - but my God she fought it well for seven years with such tenacity and such courage and such bravery. * I hope the evening is a great success.'
Tickets are £5, available from the club or on the door. The show starts at 7.30pm
ED IS AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEW ON 07786 448056
* Initial Quotation taken from ITV 1's 'Tonight' programme http://www.caronkeating.org
Caron was born in Fulham, London on the 5th October 1962, but moved within a couple of months to Northern Ireland. At the age of 18 with 8 'O' levels and 3 'A' levels to her name, Caron was accepted to study at Bristol University where she graduated three years later with a BA Honours Degree in English and Drama. In November 1986 she joined Blue Peter where she stayed for 4 years.
Caron went on to present a number of high profile programmes including Top of the Pops, 4th Dimension, Wide Angle and the BBC1 lunchtime current affairs show Summer Scene. She has also reported from the Olympics in Barcelona, hosted her own radio magazine show for BBC Radio 5, fronted a consumer current affairs programme on BBC1 called Family Affairs alongside her mother, Gloria Hunniford and copresented the extremely successful Schofield's Quest with Phillip Schofield.
In 1993 Caron was signed up as the Entertainment Correspondent on the highly successful News Network programme London Tonight. She left to have her first baby, Charlie, in July 1994 and returned to television in October 1994 with the early evening live, news orientated features show After 5 and a four part documentary series for BBC1 recorded in Nashville and the UK, called Routes and Rhythms, which looked at the association of music and religion. She also found time to utilise her drama degree by returning to acting, starring in an episode of Finbar's Class Ireland's highest rated television drama. In December 1996 Caron left After 5 which she had presented live for two and a half years to have her second child, Gabriel.
In January 1998, Caron returned to our screens to present the top daytime programme This Morning with Richard Madeley and Phillip Schofi eld and also the ITV prime time consumer show We Can Work It Out. In December 1999, Caron took a sabbatical due to her recurring illness, spending time with her family in her home in Fowey, Cornwall. She returned to TV for a short period in September 2001 to present ITV's prime time entertainment programme Rich and Famous on Friday nights at 8 p.m.
Caron moved to Byron Bay, Australia in December 2001 with her husband Russ Lindsay and her two sons Charlie and Gabriel. She returned to the UK in April 2004 when she died peacefully at her mother's home in Kent from Cancer at the age of 41 on 13th April 2004.