Have a ball and raise funds for bereaved parents

A charity that came about through tragedy is hoping that a circus-themed ball will raise funds to help bereaved families across the city.

The Beau Halo Trust was founded by Hannah Henriques, a nurse and theatre practitioner at St Mary’s NHS Treatment Centre, whose daughter Beau unexpectedly passed away after routine but complex cardiac surgery: she was just five years old.

On Saturday 6 July Hannah will be hosting a fundraising ball to mark the charity’s first anniversary and to raise funds to support bereaved families. Hannah said: “After Beau’s death, it became apparent that there was a lack in both local and national bereavement aftercare for parents and their families after a loss of a child.

“With the support of our family and friends we launched the Trust. It now supports bereaved parents and their families through emotional, practical and financial support. This year we have been helping families with counselling and grants and in the coming year we will be working with hospitals in Hampshire and West Sussex to support families.”

Hospital director Penny Daniels is quoted saying: “I admire Hannah greatly: to come through such a tragedy and support others who have faced such as terrible loss takes enormous courage and strength.

“I am delighted we have been able to sponsor the ball and I would encourage other individuals and businesses to buy tickets to enjoy a great night out for an exceptional cause. Every ticket sold goes to support bereaved parents at their lowest ebb.”

To learn more about the charity visit the Beau Halo Trust website.