Plea for birth mother after 25-year search

PUBLISHED: 16:00 10 August 2014

Karen Managh at 12 months old

Karen Managh at 12 months old

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A WOMAN is hoping Weston will be the final stop on her journey to find her birth mother.

Mrs Managh's christening in Weston in February or March 1949. From left those pictured are Joan Lowndes, her godmother, her adoptive parents Vera and Tim Williams and Brenda Lowndes, her aunt.Mrs Managh's christening in Weston in February or March 1949. From left those pictured are Joan Lowndes, her godmother, her adoptive parents Vera and Tim Williams and Brenda Lowndes, her aunt.

Karen Managh, aged 65, who now lives in New Zealand, was adopted by a Weston couple at just three months old.

Her birth certificate states she was born at Braeside Maternity Home in Chard on September 13, 1948 and was named Sylvia Rose Penny.

However, she was later renamed Karen Maria Williams after being adopted by Lewis and Vera Williams, a couple who had been married for 10 years.

The family lived in Alexandra Parade in Weston during Karen’s early years, before moving to New Zealand in 1952, when she was just four years old.

Karen Managh now lives in New ZealandKaren Managh now lives in New Zealand

Her birth mother would be turning 89 this December. Karen has been ‘unable’ to locate a death certificate, and said she realises it is possible that her birth mother is now deceased but she still hopes to make contact. She said: “I want her to know that my life turned out alright, that she shouldn’t scold herself if she thought she had done the wrong thing.”

Now married with three children of her own Karen has been searching for more than 25 years.

She said: “Not knowing where you come from and having nothing to pass onto your children makes one feel as though you are always a visitor in someone else’s place.”

In 1993 she managed to track down some family of her mothers who believed her father, who was unnamed on her birth certificate, was a concert pianist.

Karen Managh with her adoptive parents as they left for New Zealand in 1952Karen Managh with her adoptive parents as they left for New Zealand in 1952

Karen said: “My mother specified that I should be adopted into a musical family who were Protestant. A Mrs Graham was the go-between who found the match.”

● If you have any information regarding this story, call 01934 422500 or email briana.millett@archant.co.uk

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