THE family of a schoolgirl who inspired a charity which has helped hundreds of families are getting ready for a ‘bittersweet’ day in her memory.
Hannah Westbrook died aged 10 from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a rare form of cancer, in 2004.
Following her death her mum Pam Marshall and brother Adam, now 20, set up the charity Hannah’s Holiday Home which gives families with seriously-ill children a break in luxury lodges for much-needed rest and relaxation.
On March 14, on what would have been Hannah’s 21st birthday, Pam, from Horndean, will open the charity’s third holiday home, in Milford-on-Sea in the New Forest.
The Spinnaker Tower will also be lit up in colours of the rainbow in the evening.
Pam, 45, said: ‘It’s going to be quite a bitter-sweet day for us.
‘It’s sad that Hannah isn’t with us but we have come so far in her memory
‘The support that we have had over the past 11 years has been unbelievable.
‘At first we weren’t sure if we would be able to raise enough money for one holiday home. Now we are opening our third.
‘We’ve had visits from 400 families since we started. And there are 67 families booked up so far this year.
‘This is only made possible by all the fundraising events organised throughout the year either by us or others and of course the generosity and kindness of our supporters making donations.
‘We thank them all from the bottom of our hearts for all their support.’
Pam said that her daughter Grace always says she has a big sister who lives over the rainbow helping poorly children.
She added: ‘The rainbow colours will be very apt.’
Unfortunately the celebrity invited to open the Milford-on-Sea home has been forced to pull out as they will now be out of the country.
Pam is urgently trying to find a local or national celebrity to take their place. If anyone has any ideas or contacts get in touch with Pam through the website hannahsappeal.org