Introducing Harry’s Rainbow on #CharityTuesday
Harry’s Rainbow is committed to supporting bereaved children and their families.
“Our son Harry was 5 1/2 when he died. Prior to his death he was a perfectly healthy little boy with a huge personality!”
He became unwell in March 2009 and after a visit to the Doctors we were told he had a virus. The next day he was admitted to hospital as he was struggling to breathe. After being given a nebuliser and oxygen his condition improved overnight and it was assumed he had an asthma attack.
The results of the tests showed that Harry had suffered massive brain stem damage and once he was taken off of life support he would not survive.
Harry’s life support was switched off on 31st March 2009
“We chose to donate some of Harry’s vital organs which went on to help three people enjoy a better quality of life, an 18 month old baby, a teenager and believe it or not an adult as well. Harry was such a caring giving person we believe this was the right decision to make.”
After such a tragic loss, Harry’s parents went on to create something AMAZING!
Odette – Harry’s Mummy – Charity Operations Manager
“I feel very passionate about helping and supporting children after the death of a loved one, and also their parents! I was full of such mixed emotions about what I should do for my daughter Jessica after Harry died and had no idea where to turn to for help. She is his twin and because of their unique relationship, the closest that anyone would ever get to him. She knew him longer than any of us. I could have lain in bed all day long never to breathe the air that was just on the other side of the duvet, but, no matter how strong these feelings were, I just could not let my daughter down. After experiencing such devastation at such an early age I needed to keep myself together for her.
My son Harry was a blessing to me and always will be. I like to talk about him like I do about all my children and I think about him always. He will never be far from me and the love I have for him is what continues to spur me on to help others.”
Lee – Harry’s Daddy – Trustee with additional responsibilities for Events Management.
Your child dying is the worst thing that can happen to any family. Harry was a special, bright, clever and loving son. He never leaves my thoughts for a second and that’s why starting Harry’s Rainbow to help others gives me a way to honour his memory. I achieved a goal I never thought I could by running the London Marathon in 2011 to raise funds for Child Bereavement UK. Harry and my family were with me all the way and kept me going to the finishing line. I went on to run 2 further marathons and half marathons and organised our very first running team to fundraise for Harry’s Rainbow, which raised £15,000. I will always play a large part in supporting our objectives to help bereaved children and their families, knowing that the support is offered from a family who know first hand the devastation of losing a child.
After these amazing achievements they then went on to do this, support is vital after loss and what support this charity has created! Thank you Lee & Odette for everything you do! #Inspirational
* Monthly Rainbow Group *
Provides an opportunity to spend time with other bereaved children, to know they are not the only ones can make them feel less lonely and isolated. Introducing activities that can help build self-esteem and confidence.
* Rainbow Home *
“We purchased an 8 berth caravan on the Flagship holiday park in Camber Sands, Rye, Sussex”
Short breaks for families free of charge, £50 food shopping voucher, £50 towards fuel
Train or coach tickets provided to those with no transport
Entertainment passes included, Bedding and towels provided, Travel cot and bed guards
Basic sanitary items provided, such as toilet roll and washing up liquid provided &
Basic cupboard items provided, such as tea, coffee and sugar
* Trips and activities *
We take the children and families on trips up to 3 times per year.
“Thank you for our evening at SafariMK tonight. Together we organised exclusive hire for our registered families and volunteers”.
* Events *
Join their Facebook page @ www.facebook.com/pg/HarrysRainbow/events/
It’s easy to raise funds for us and all proceeds go towards supporting bereaved children and their families.
Or a much easier way to save you chasing payments is to set up your own Justgiving page here: www.justgiving.com/harrysrainbowchaaritabletrust/
If you fancy a challenge yourself please sign up to join our Harry’s Rainbow Adult team. In the first instance email rob at email@example.com
If you can help in any way at all please contact Lee & Odette.
As i have said before #CharityWork gives you the warmest feeling in your heart…
Keep up the good work @harrysrainbow #Rock solid
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