Suzanne Radford

Chair and co founder

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 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 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.

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.

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.’