Fundraising efforts by the team at St. Mary’s NHS Treatment Centre and a £1,000 donation from the Care UK wellbeing foundation has helped to kick-start a newly-formed charity to support bereaved parents in Hampshire.
Hannah Henriques, who works in the centre’s operating theatres, tragically lost her daughter Beau in 2015, at the age of five. Beau had been born with a congenital heart defect and died during an operation attempting to improve her condition.
To commemorate her life, and support families who have suffered the loss of a child, Hannah has started the Beau Halo trust. The Trust officially launches in September but, in the meantime, Hannah and her fellow trustees have been busy raising funds.
A team of 20 from the treatment centre took part in a Rotary-organised dragon boat race at the North Harbour to show their support to Hannah and the new charity, raising almost £2,000. Hannah then applied to Care UK’s Working with the Community fund to boost the total and the committee awarded the new charity £1,000, the highest grant it gives.
She explained: “We will bring emotional, financial and practical support to those who need help following a bereavement. I was fortunate to have the support of family and friends when we lost Beau, but not everyone is as fortunate.”
Hospital director Penny Daniels said: “I was very proud of the effort our team put in to supporting Hannah, in the boat, on the river bank and in their fundraising efforts. Care UK runs the treatment centre on behalf of the NHS. I was delighted that the committee chose to support the Beau Halo Trust with the maximum possible grant and I think this reflects the importance this new charity will have for people across Hampshire.”
Anyone wishing to support the Beau Halo Trust can do so at thebeauhalotrust.or