In August 2018 one of my best friends passed away. She had been very poorly all year and my mum had to tell me it was cancer which is really scary. She couldn’t come to school and had lots of treatment in hospital. I thought she was so brave so I started fundraising for the ward that was looking after her.
I would like to talk about Sam.
Sam was in my school year. She joined my school in Year 3 and we were friends from the first day. She loved music and cake just like me. She was kind and funny, and seemed to be happy spending time with me. I remember her smiling and her text messages. Neither of us liked school much so we looked after each other. My 9th birthday party with Sam and her sister Sophie, who is another one of my best friends, was one of the best days ever. We had a pamper party, then we ate cake and laughed a lot.
Sam was very creative . She made lots of things for me including the HHH logo in aquabeads. I use a picture of it on my Facebook page.
In July my mum told me that Sam had become more poorly so I wrote her a letter telling her how much I missed her and loved her. I know Sam’s mum read it to her which is comforting because not long after my mum told me that Sam had died. I think it is the saddest thing that has ever happened to me.
Sam has a bench at our old school which I like to visit, as I miss my friend everyday. Sam was funny, pretty and caring and I love her.
A very happy New Year from Hannah and all of Team HHH.
We have lots of exciting things planned for 2019.
In April of this year, we were utterly heartbroken by the sudden loss of our gorgeous friend, Mya, loved by al the family.
Mya was Hannah’s brother Adam’s beloved best friend.
They had known each other for many years, and were inseparable classmates. Both had multiple, complex disabilities and had been through so much in their short lives. They enjoyed each other’s company, and very occasionally Mya would even let Adam hold her hand! Mya was strong, courageous and definitely knew her own mind. She was beautiful in every way.
Adam adored her. There is no other way of putting it. He is non-verbal but we always knew who was top for him. The mention of her name made him beam, and all the family recognised his Mya wiggle-giggle when he knew he was going to see his friend.
Adam has been without his friend for 6 months now.
He keeps Mya’s photo right where he can see it from his chair. He still laughs and waves at the mention of her name. He looks for her arriving at school with her Mum and Dad, every morning, even now. When asked to chose a middle name for his baby sister, there was only one option. Adam loves Mya, he misses her and he will certainly never forget her.
This Christmas, Hannah is fundraising for the North East charity Useful Vision, in honour and loving memory of an extraordinary young lady, Mya Jean Simpson.
Christmas is coming, and it is time for Team HHH’s festive projects.
PROJECT ONE continues on from 2016 and 2017 – Hannah is collecting advent calendars and sweet treats for families living in Scott House at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, a home-from-home run by The Sick Children’s Trust.
More details can be found on her Facebook page.
Hannah at Scott House in 2017
On October 20th, Hannah and her 1 month old sister Isabelle took part in the Big Fun Run at Saltwell Park in Gateshead, to raise money for the baby charity Bliss. Hannah pushed Izzy’s pram around the park course in lovely October sunshine.
Thanks to everyone for your support. The girls have raised over £130 for this amazing cause.
We have been a bit quiet for a couple of months. Team HHH are happy to announce that this is because of the safe arrival of a new team member, born 17th September and very, very lovely.
This is Isabelle, who will start helping out in October at the Big Fun Run.
Hannah is excited to announce the grand total for June’s fundraising for Children’s Cancer Fund is an amazing £1531.
As you will see from her Just Giving page, this has massively exceeded her expectations, and lots of thanks are due to everyone who supported Team HHH. Together you will make a huge difference to the lives of children being treated for Cancer in the North East.
Hannah has chosen to continue with fundraising for CCF and North of England Children’s Cancer Research in July.
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU from Hannah and Team HHH!
On June 2nd, Hannah hosted a tropical tea party, with cakes, biscuit decorating, crafts and a raffle, all in aid of the Children’s Cancer Fund.
Thank you to everyone who popped in for a cake and a craft. Together, so far, the tea party has raised £118 for the charity.