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Mum of tragic 19 year old who died from meningitis has created a charity in her memory

Mum of tragic 19 year old who died from meningitis has created a charity in her memory

by BY ISABELLA KEMP (December 2020)

BY ISABELLA KEMP 

A MUM who lost her 19 year old daughter to meningitis has created a charity in her memory.

Heather Evans, 43, tragically lost her 19 year old daughter to meningitis in 2019 after she went out with her fiancé. Edge Hill University student Halle O’Brien, from Litherland, passed away later in hospital due to Group A streptococcal septicaemia, which caused the meningitis infection. 

Since then, Ms Evans, who is now training to be a bereavement counsellor herself, has worked closely with charities like Love Jasmine, and raised around £20,000 for them, along with £10,000 for other charities. 

Now she has set up her own charity, The Halle O’ Brien community interest company (CIC) to keep raising money for families in need, inspired by her daughter’s own generosity. 

She said: “I would like to continue Halle’s style in her own unique way, making sure to keep anything we do to fundraise positive and upbeat always with a smile and a howling laugh. 

“While supporting young people and children we would like them to say ‘oh Halle O’ Brien helped me out with that and look at me now’.”

The Halle O’ Brien CIC has strong ideals supporting the development of children and young adults up to University age through means such as extra curricular activities and building community.

Heather continued: “I believe all these extra things that Halle did, even trumpet lessons helped her to learn all her development and communication skills so with Halle in mind we want to offer others the opportunity. 

“We wanted to develop her fund, reminding us of the fun Halle who loved to help, and as it’s giving back to the community, the response has been great and really positive.”

In January, Heather and other close friends and family of Halle organised an event with the charity Menengitis Now called ‘Lumiere: Love Halle’.

Heather spoke of the support she received from charities such as these and is hoping now to help raise even more money for them. She added: “It’s so important for people to know that what we are doing is keeping Halle’s presence in people’s lives and hopefully making a difference to them.”

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