A mother faced the highest heights to honour her daughter’s legacy after she abseiled from the top of the Spinnaker Tower.
Hannah Henriques, from Fareham, overcame her fears in aid of her charity that helps support newly-bereaved parents.
Her need to help others came after she lost her little girl, Beau, last June – just before her sixth birthday – and found there was a lack of support offered to her through this difficult time.
‘There is a definite need for our services, not only in this area but nationally,’ said Hannah.
‘People need more support when they lose anyone close to them, not just children.
‘We are looking to provide emotional, practical and financial help to those who are bereaved, and help with funeral arrangements and the cost of things such as headstones.’
There is a definite need for our services, not only in this area but nationallyHannah Henriques
Beau was born with congenital heart disease, and died when heart surgery operation at Southampton General Hospital failed.
The Beau Halo Trust aims to set up a 24-hour phone line to offer support and advice to bereaved parents in the weeks that follow a child’s death.
In order to have the trust commissioned as a charity, Hannah teamed up with five teachers from Harrison Primary School, where Beau attended for eight months, and abseiled down the Spinnaker Tower in Gunwharf. `
Hannah said: ‘I was petrified before the abseil itself, I was up on the platform hugging on to the side for dear life. It wasn’t anywhere near as bad though when I was going down, I made myself look out at the people who had come to see me, and overall it was a great experience.’
She added: ‘It is so overwhelming the number of people who came down to watch, everyone has been so supportive and it definitely helped carry me through with the cheers from the crowd.’
And it seems as though the exhilarating experience had the desired effect.
‘From the abseil we have doubled our fundraising from £2,500 to £5,000, which means we can now be commissioned as a charity,’ said Hannah.
‘We want to be able to do something to help, even have the odd trip out to give them something to look forward to.
‘The charity will also help educate the public and teach them that losing a child doesn’t have to be a taboo subject – it is okay to talk about the child after they have gone.’
Donations can still be made at gofundme.com/abseilforbeau