Suzanne Radford

Chair and co founder

My name is Suzanne, wife to Billy and mum to two football-mad young men, Will and Sam. I am also mum to Georgia, the inspiration behind this charity. You can read more about Georgia here. I work in local government and have previously worked in the NHS and retail. I’m an avid reader who will read literally anything and because life is so busy, I love going on holiday to do absolutely nothing!

I was one of the co-founders of First Touch ( the charity attached to the neonatal unit at St George’s, Tooting) and have been fundraising for them for 18 years and remain a First Touch Ambassador. As a bereaved mother, it was important to me to have a legacy for Georgia and make her brief life matter. I am passionate about breaking the taboo of talking about baby loss and ensuring every baby is remembered.

Angela Hegarty

Treasurer and co founder

My name is Angela, I’m married to Brendan and we have 2 children, Liam and Kiera, the baby of the family is Stanley, our cat. I’m a self-employed accountant. I love my job as I have many different clients and travel to different places, no two days are the same.

In my spare time I go to Zumba classes, Pilates and take Latin and ballroom lessons. I’m very much a people person and enjoy socializing with friends and organizing nights out to shows and restaurants or even just a drink in the local pub. I love my holidays, as a family, we love to travel and have visited many different places in the world, whether it be for a relaxing beach holiday, city break or a road trip in the USA. We even went travelling for 6 weeks to the Far East, Australia and New Zealand when the kids were babies and to visit Santa in Lapland on Christmas Eve. There are still many more places I would love to visit.

I met Suzanne at our Zumba classes. When she asked me to help with a fundraising event to support a local neonatal charity I jumped at the chance. From that day we were on a mission and we started organising charity balls and other events, there was no stopping us. After 5 years of fundraising for the neonatal charity we realised that we could help so many more families and so we set up Georgia’s Gift. Stillbirth and neonatal baby loss affect so many families, mine included and it’s just a devastating time for the family as a whole. Setting up Georgia’s Gift means that we can focus on helping families at this time, if only to make things a little easier at a time when even getting out of bed each day is hard.

Hester Tempest

Trustee

My name is Hester Adriana Tempest and my friends and family call me Adri.I have been an Ofsted Registered Childminder in Carshalton for 10 years and have been graded “Outstanding” in all my inspection reports since opening our setting, The Mouses House in 2010.

Before registering as a Childminder, I used to be a career Nanny and started my first sole charge childcare position in 2001. During the 10 years as a Professional  Nanny, I worked for some high profile families around London. It was through one of these amazing families that I got involved with a charity called Bliss, for babies born premature or sick. I contributed to their cause by doing small fundraising events through raffle prize draws at BBQs with my friends and taking part in cake sales at our nanny network mornings.

In 2014  I was introduced to Suzanne and Angela at their annual Charity Ball held in honour of First Touch. An amazing evening where a large amount of money was raised to help transform a sitting room for parents who had suffered the loss of a baby at St Georges Hospital. These two ladies immediately sparked admiration and respect and it was from there that I started looking forward to attending their annual fundraising events.

In 2017 there was a little unsureity of a ball being held the following year and this was where I jumped at the chance to become more actively involved with helping them raise money for First Touch. I didn’t want to miss out on being part of such an amazing cause, so I offered to collect prizes for their next ball. By doing so I hoped that I would get both Angela and Suzanne to agree to invest their time for another year and was over the moon when they agreed.

2018, the year Georgia’s Gift was born. When you are asked to join forces with these two ladies to start a new charity, you sit up and pay attention. I was inspired by their dedication and passion to champion the right for every baby born premature or sick to receive the best care  and also by supporting those families who have suffered baby loss. It is an honour to be a Trustee for Georgia’s Gift and although I only play a very small part in what our charity stands for, I am sure that with the help of all our amazing supporters, Georgia’s Gift will be a huge success.

Sarah Clowes-Pritchard

Trustee

My name is Sarah, I am married to David and we have 3 children, Tom, Ruby and George. I work at our local infant school in one of the Reception Classes. I love seeing how the children change in their first year at school, becoming more independent, gaining confidence and enjoying making new friends. I enjoy going out and love the cinema, but am equally just as happy with a bingeworthy box set and a glass of wine on my sofa!

I love spending time with friends and family, and one of my favourite things is going on holiday! At the moment my husband works abroad so our family holidays are very important to us, Kalkan in Turkey is one of our favourite places to visit!

I met Angela and Suzanne through going to Zumba classes, where we all have a laugh and hopefully get a bit fitter! I have taken part in their fund raising Zumbathons and attended the Georgia’s Gift charity balls. So, when they asked me to join them as a trustee of this very special charity I didn’t have to think too long! This charity has already taken a piece of my heart.

Maria Vidal-Read

Trustee

I’m Maria, I love the outdoors, I love to read, and I love to spend time with friends and family, especially if it involves a large, cool glass of wine.
I live in Wallington with my fishkeeping, gaming, husband Tim and my three funny sons. I am half Spanish and half English, with a very Spanish temperament! I miss my home in Galicia a lot when I’m not there.
 
I’ve been a freelance PR and writer for nearly 10 years working for local/regional government, public health and NHS initiatives and campaigns.
I’ve been attending the Georgia’s Gift charity balls for four years and love the work the charity does to support families when they have lost a baby. I was honoured when Suzanne and Angela asked me to become a trustee and I hope I can help them with their fundraising and PR efforts.

Suzanne Radford

Chair

My name is Suzanne, wife to Billy and mum to two football-mad young men. I am also mum to Georgia, the inspiration behind this charity. You can read more about Georgia in the about us tab. I work in local government and have previously worked in the NHS and retail. I’m an avid reader who will read literally anything and because life is so busy, I love going on holiday to do absolutely nothing!

I was one of the co-founders of First Touch ( the charity attached to the neonatal unit at St George’s, Tooting) and have been fundraising for them for 18 years and remain a First Touch Ambassador. As a bereaved mother, it was important to me to have a legacy for Georgia and make her brief life matter. I am passionate about breaking the taboo of talking about baby loss and ensuring every baby is remembered.

Angela Hegarty

Treasurer

My name is Angela, I’m married to Brendan and we have 2 children, Liam and Kiera, the baby of the family is Stanley our cat. I’m a self-employed accountant working for a number of different clients. In my spare time I go to Zumba classes, Pilates and TRY to learn Latin and ballroom dancing. I enjoy socializing with friends and organizing nights out.  I love my holidays, as a family, we love to travel and see many different parts of the world, there are still many more places on my bucket list.

Stillbirth and neonatal baby loss affect so many families, mine included and it’s just a devasting time for the family as a whole. Setting up Georgia’s Gift means that we can focus on helping families at this time, if only to make things a little easier at a time when even getting out of bed each day is hard.

Hester Tempest

Trustee

My name is Hester Adriana Tempest and my friends and family call me Adri.I have been an Ofsted Registered Childminder in Carshalton for 10 years and have been graded “Outstanding” in all my inspection reports since opening our setting, The Mouses House in 2010.

Before registering as a Childminder, I used to be a career Nanny and started my first sole charge childcare position in 2001. During the 10 years as a Professional  Nanny, I worked for some high profile families around London. It was through one of these amazing families that I got involved with a charity called Bliss, for babies born premature or sick. I contributed to their cause by doing small fundraising events through raffle prize draws at BBQs with my friends and taking part in cake sales at our nanny network mornings.

In 2014  I was introduced to Suzanne and Angela at their annual Charity Ball held in honour of First Touch. An amazing evening where a large amount of money was raised to help transform a sitting room for parents who had suffered the loss of a baby at St Georges Hospital. These two ladies immediately sparked admiration and respect and it was from there that I started looking forward to attending their annual fundraising events.

In 2017 there was a little unsureity of a ball being held the following year and this was where I jumped at the chance to become more actively involved with helping them raise money for First Touch. I didn’t want to miss out on being part of such an amazing cause, so I offered to collect prizes for their next ball. By doing so I hoped that I would get both Angela and Suzanne to agree to invest their time for another year and was over the moon when they agreed.

2018, the year Georgia’s Gift was born. When you are asked to join forces with these two ladies to start a new charity, you sit up and pay attention. I was inspired by their dedication and passion to champion the right for every baby born premature or sick to receive the best care  and also by supporting those families who have suffered baby loss. It is an honour to be a Trustee for Georgia’s Gift and although I only play a very small part in what our charity stands for, I am sure that with the help of all our amazing supporters, Georgia’s Gift will be a huge success.

Sarah Clowes-Pritchard

Trustee

My name is Sarah, I am married to David and we have 3 children, Tom, Ruby and George. I work at our local infant school in one of the Reception Classes. I love seeing how the children change in their first year at school, becoming more independent, gaining confidence and enjoying making new friends. I enjoy going out and love the cinema, but am equally just as happy with a bingeworthy box set and a glass of wine on my sofa!

I love spending time with friends and family, and one of my favourite things is going on holiday! At the moment my husband works abroad so our family holidays are very important to us, Kalkan in Turkey is one of our favourite places to visit!

I met Angela and Suzanne through going to Zumba classes, where we all have a laugh and hopefully get a bit fitter! I have taken part in their fund raising Zumbathons and attended the Georgia’s Gift charity balls. So, when they asked me to join them as a trustee of this very special charity I didn’t have to think too long! This charity has already taken a piece of my heart.

Maria Vidal-Read

Trustee

I’m Maria, I love the outdoors, I love to read, and I love to spend time with friends and family, especially if it involves a large, cool glass of wine.
I live in Wallington with my fishkeeping, gaming, husband Tim and my three funny sons. I am half Spanish and half English, with a very Spanish temperament! I miss my home in Galicia a lot when I’m not there.
 
I’ve been a freelance PR and writer for nearly 10 years working for local/regional government, public health and NHS initiatives and campaigns.
I’ve been attending the Georgia’s Gift charity balls for four years and love the work the charity does to support families when they have lost a baby. I was honoured when Suzanne and Angela asked me to become a trustee and I hope I can help them with their fundraising and PR efforts.

Who we are

Georgia’s Gift was set up in September 2018 to support the families of babies who have died either at or shortly after birth.

We are a group of friends who are all mother’s. We had been fundraising together for 5 years for a local neo natal charity. Our focus was always on family welfare and bereavement support.

We realised there were many expenses following the death of a baby that no one could have planned for. We give small grants for some of those expenses via referral from a professional who has knowledge of the families circumstances. We believe every baby should be honoured and remembered.

 

Why Georgia’s Gift?

Georgia Radford was born full term on 18th September 2000. She was born with multiple heart and lung defects which were sadly inoperable. On 13th October 2000, the heartbreaking decision to remove Georgia’s life support was made and she passed away peacefully in her parents arms.

This is her legacy and for all those babies that were here, however briefly.

Our Objective

To relieve the suffering and emotional distress amongst parents and families resident in the London Boroughs of Croydon, Sutton, Merton, Wandsworth, Richmond, Kingston, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark, who have experienced the loss of a baby either at birth or shortly after birth, in particular but not exclusively by supporting such parents and families with small expenses including but not limited to travel expenses, additional funeral costs, memorial plaques, financial assistance for loss of salary, additional childcare costs for siblings with the intention of lifting some of the unexpected financial burden following the death of a baby.’