Belfast Telegraph

Friday 24 October 2014

Get your skates on for big ice gala to honour brave Katie

Champ Jenna rallies behind ailing skater's charity event

Jenna McCorkell
Jenna McCorkell
Katie Scarbrough and Christine Bleakley
Katie Scarbrough and Christine Bleakley
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Ten-time British figure skating champion Jenna McCorkell is urging the public to get behind a fundraising ice gala to honour a Belfast mum with terminal cancer.

Jenna (26), from Coleraine, will be performing at Dundonald International Ice Bowl on March 23 in Katie's Ice Gala, which has been organised to support cancer charities nominated by Katie Scarbrough.

Last month mother-of-two Katie (32), from Gilnahirk, a former British junior ice skating champion, shared her inspiring story with the Belfast Telegraph.

She spoke about her devastating diagnosis and how she is doing all she can to raise awareness of cancer in young people.

So far nearly £3,000 has been raised in Katie's name for Bowel Cancer UK and Cancer Research UK.

Jenna – currently splitting her time between Dundee and Belgium – told the Belfast Telegraph she has known Katie for a number of years through their shared passion for skating and said she is looking forward to the gala.

"I think she is absolutely amazing," Jenna said. "Katie is so positive and strong and such an inspiration to us all. I admire her so much.

"What is happening to her is so cruel and unfair; her story puts everything in perspective. Katie is so passionate about raising funds and awareness of cancer in young people.

"Anyone that can get involved in supporting her should."

Katie, now living in the Staffordshire village of Fradley with her husband Stuart and their two children Sam (8) and Sophie (4), is thrilled Jenna is taking to the ice on March 23 and that a second prizegiving event and raffle will take place on March 24.

"I can't believe how quickly the tickets are selling," she said.

"All proceeds go to Cancer Research UK and Bowel Cancer UK, so I hope as many people as possible go. The support I am receiving is absolutely overwhelming.

"I am so proud of everyone for all their efforts."

"I got out of hospital on my birthday on Monday and I'm still in a bit of pain," she added.

"I really hope I can attend the Ice Gala, but we will have to monitor the situation."

Background

Jenna McCorkell began skating aged seven in the Jet Centre in Coleraine. She became the youngest ever skater to make it onto the National GB Squad aged 10 and has remained there for her entire competitive career.

In 2010 she finished 14th in the World Figure Skating Championships. In 2012 the Lottery-funded athlete took the British figure skating title for a record 10th time.

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