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City star helps boost fund for tragic mother Karina.

CRAIG Bellamy has joined a growing band of public figures boosting a fund for the children of tragic Karina Menzies - with fundraisers targeting PS20,000 by next week.

The Cardiff City star has pledged to match the more than PS4,100 already raised by generous Bluebirds fans. The club's principal investor, Vincent Tan, has also stepped in and said he will ensure the trust fund set up for Karina's children reaches PS10,000.

It follows the news earlier this week that Love Actually actor Hugh Grant had contributed PS5,000 in a charity auction for the lunch to have lunch with Sir Ian McKellen.

And it was confirmed yesterday that Cardiff songbird Charlotte Church has donated signed music memorabilia for the cause, while Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs has given a signed shirt.

This coincided yesterday with hundreds turning out for a memorial walk. It began in Penarth and visited all of the areas affected by the tragedy, with some walkers bearing a banner proclaiming "United We Stand".

Karina, 31, died when she was hit by van outside Ely Fire Station last Friday while walking her children home from school. Fourteen pedestrians, half of them children, were also injured in a series of collisions across Ely and Leckwith.

Karina's friend, Otis Williams, who is spearheading the fundraising campaign with Brian Mayer, said the group had been "overwhelmed and touched" by the support.

He said: "Karina was a loving friend and wonderful mother.

"In the midst of the grief and shock we realised that it was vital to try and secure a future for her lovely children in order to make their devastated lives as easy as possible.

"On behalf of Karina's family and friends we can't thank everyone enough for their kindness and hope people will continue to offer their support. We're proud of the people of Cardiff and especially proud of the Ely community whose support has been unfaltering during this horrible time."

A car wash will be held outside Ely Fire Station from 10am on Sunday, while Cardiff City will be presenting Mr Williams and Karina's sister, Samantha, with a cheque at today's match.

Cardiff residents are encouraged to attend Karina's funeral at 3pm on Friday, November 9 at the Resurrection Church, Ely.

Details of how you can donate via Just Giving or Paypal will be available over coming days.

Matthew Tvrdon, 31, from Cardiff, has been charged with one count of murder, 13 counts of attempted murder, four counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, and dangerous driving.

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Craig Bellamy, inset, is the latest public figure to add to a fund for the children of Karina Menzies, above, who died when she was hit by a van
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