Mum fundraises for hospice care

Louise Green, who died aged nine SUS-150729-123312001
Louise Green, who died aged nine SUS-150729-123312001

A mother who lost her child has spoken about her grief and fundraising efforts for Demelza Hospice Care for Children.

Eastbourne resident Harriet Farrelly’s daughter Louise Green would have been celebrating her 11th birthday on August 4 – she passed away in March 2013.

Demelza Hospice Care for Children’s community team gave hospice at home care to Louise and the family also now has bereavement counselling from the charity.

The family has been raising money for Demelza and last summer, organised a golf day at The Royal Eastbourne Golf Club which raised £3,765.

Demelza’s community fundraiser for East Sussex Julie Brett runs a Pay for a Day scheme, where people who have raised £1,600 or more can choose a meaningful day to fund – as that’s the cost of running the charity’s East Sussex service for a day.

As the family raised so much, they paid for August 4 last year as well as this year.

Harriet said, “When my daughter Louise became so unwell there was no more the doctors could do for her, she was transferred to Demelza’s hospice in Kent for palliative care.

“Nothing in this world can prepare you for losing your child, but they treated Louise and us with the utmost respect and gave us the support we needed through this hard time so we could concentrate on spending time together making some last memories as a family.

“Even now, after our daughter has passed away, Demelza is still providing us with counselling support.

“ I cannot stress enough the incredible job they have done for us and that is why we decided we wanted to give something back to them.”

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