Evan Williams from Wrexham, North Wales, died suddenly in his sleep weeks before his 13th birthday.
His mum Jane is supporting a campaign by Hope House to raise £500,000 in just 36-hours, as she says she could not have coped without the hospice in her hour of need. The Final Moments Matter campaign is asking people in Shropshire and Mid Wales to 'donate like never before’, and will run from 10am on Sunday, November 21 until 10pm on Monday, November 22.
Local businesses and key supporters have already pledged £250,000 of support, which will be used as match funding for every donation made during the 36-hour period. Only if £250,000 is donated by the public will the match funding pledges be completely unlocked, and the £500,000 raised.
Fundraising Director Simi Epstein commented: “At Hope House we know that Final Moments Matter and that the last moments of a child’s life should be as precious as their first.”
The fundraising campaign will be based online, with supporters asked to become ‘Team Leaders’ and spread the word by sharing messages and videos about the work of the hospices by social media, email and WhatsApp.
One of the other families affected are the Mullis’ from Nesscliffe. Little Arthur was just two-years-old when he died suddenly in hospital. His mum, dad and sisters tell of the help and comfort Hope House gave them in the days and years that followed.
“After he died in hospital, Arthur was brought to Hope House,” said mum Alison. “When we got there he was lying on the bed - he looked asleep and it felt like home. The nurses understood and gave us precious time together.”
Dad Nick agrees: “It has been seven years now since Arthur died but life does move forward and you still have to carry on, but your memories are happy ones because you have had the help of Hope House with counselling and being able to say goodbye properly.”
Evan’s mum Jane also said the hospices were there for them. “Evan had no illness at all. He was fit and healthy and he simply went to bed and died in his sleep,” she said.
“I found him when I went to wake him in the morning. It was a huge shock for us all. I can honestly say if we hadn’t had Hope House I don’t know what we would have done.”
If you would like to get involved in Final Moments Matter either by running a fundraising team or making a donation you can find more information here or call the Fundraising Offices on 01691 671 671.