Fareham mother abseils Spinnaker Tower in memory of her daughter

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  • Hannah abseiled to raise money to turn her trust into a charity
  • She aims to set up a 24/7 help line for recently bereaved parents
  • The abseil saw Hannah reach her £5,000 target to commission ‘The Beau Halo Trust’
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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.

Hannah Henriques abseiled down the Spinnaker Tower to raise money for charity 'The Beau Halo Trust', named after her daughter who died from a congenital heart defect 

Picture: Allan Hutchings (160403-517)

Hannah Henriques abseiled down the Spinnaker Tower to raise money for charity 'The Beau Halo Trust', named after her daughter who died from a congenital heart defect Picture: Allan Hutchings (160403-517)

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 nationally

Hannah 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.’

Beau Henriques

Beau Henriques

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.

From left, Tanya Hickman, Alex Bord, Hannah Henriques, Meg Allen, Kelly Brown and Steph Traer, from Harrison Primary School Picture: Allan Hutchings (160403-478)

From left, Tanya Hickman, Alex Bord, Hannah Henriques, Meg Allen, Kelly Brown and Steph Traer, from Harrison Primary School Picture: Allan Hutchings (160403-478)

‘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

Hannah Henriques, pictured, and teachers from Harrison Primary School abseiled down Spinnaker Tower to raise money for charity ' The Beau Halo Trust'. 

Picture: Allan Hutchings (160403-488)

Hannah Henriques, pictured, and teachers from Harrison Primary School abseiled down Spinnaker Tower to raise money for charity ' The Beau Halo Trust'. Picture: Allan Hutchings (160403-488)