bound needing special care, they needed to do a significant amount of work to the house to make it more accessible to Sullivan. They were doing cake sales, had raised about £2,000 but were looking for a total of £10,000 and so still needed to raise £8,000. I phoned to let her know it was an absolute yes and afterwards she kept me up to date with progress towards the build. I had planned to go down and meet her just before they were due to start the work but I received a call from her shortly before my visit to tell me the terrible news that Sullivan had died. She asked what we wanted her to do with the money as she hadn’t started the build and mentioned that she had decided to set up a charity called Sullivan’s Heroes. I said to her that she absolutely must put the money we gave her into the charity and she’s now helped at least five other families with similar projects. We’re still in touch, and it’s become her life project and her way of coping with losing her son. She’s gone on to make such a difference to other families.
IS THERE A PARTICULAR CHARITY THAT’S CLOSE TO YOUR HEART AT THE MOMENT? I’m a trustee for a charity called the “Infant Club Foot Appeal”. A really good friend of mine, Dr. Charlotte Hawkins, is a Club Foot expert and
so she set up a clinic in Zanzibar about eight years ago to treat babies and young children. Zanzibar as an island has an inherent problem with Club Foot. Treating it in babies is non-surgical, if you get them young enough, you put them in a cast. Charlotte set up the clinic, trained some people there, and she goes back every year. We organised a charity walk in Richmond Park and we raised money but not a lot, partly due to the overheads of running the walk but also because fundraising can be quite hard these days as people are a little fatigued with it all. After the walk was over I was approached to be a trustee and we have to raise £35,000 a year to keep the charity going. As well as the funding they also needed baby grows, shoes and toys and of course (being unable to sit on my hands – especially at a dinner party after a glass of wine or two!), I offered to collect them and put a
Winter Edition - December 2018