May 22 2013 Latest news:
Saturday, January 12, 2013
THE FIANCE of a young midwife who died in a road traffic accident will climb a mountain on the one-year anniversary of her funeral to raise funds in her memory.
Hannah Seeley, from Stanton, had been returning home from work at West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds on April 22 last year when her Ford Fiesta was involved in a collision with a VW Golf on the A143 at Pakenham. She died aged 23.
Her fiance Mark Wade, from Stanton, his brothers Ashley and Ian, cousin Aaron Goodridge and friend Dan Watts are gearing up for the three peaks challenge to raise money for another birthing pool at the hospital.
It will see them climb Ben Nevis in Scotland on May 9, Scafell Pike in England on May 10, and finishing with Snowdon in Wales on May 11 - which is the one-year anniversary of Miss Seeley’s funeral.
Mr Wade, 28, said the challenge was also to carry on her name as much as possible.
“It will never go back to normal. I don’t know what normal is any more. It’s all a bit of a blur still I think, but this has given me something to focus on.”
He added: “We want to give as much as we can [to the hospital]. Hannah loved her job so we want to do something for that.”
Mr Wade said she was his soulmate, bestfriend, his world, adding she was the “most caring person you would ever meet”.
On the event’s Facebook page, Three Peaks for Han, he said: “This is going to be a tough task, but mainly an emotional challenge, one which will test both our physical and mental strength, but with Hannah in our thoughts and her watching over us every step of the way I know we can do this!”
He said it would be a good achievement, “a good feeling and we are doing it for the right cause”.
Jan Bloomfield, executive lead for fundraising at West Suffolk Hospital, said: “Hannah was dedicated to her role and was well-liked and respected by all of her colleagues and the women she cared for.
“We are grateful to her friends and family for raising money for West Suffolk Hospital by completing this challenge in her memory. We’d like to wish them the best of luck when they take on the three peaks in May.”
There are a number of ways people can donate. There are collection pots at the Cock Inn and BP garage in Stanton, the hospital, Clarkes of Walsham and The Greyhound at Botesdale.
Wristbands with ‘three peaks for Han’ on them are also available for £1 each from locations including the Cock Inn. There is also a darts night at the Cock Inn this Friday in aid of the cause. Entry is £2 and people have to register by 8pm.
Donations can be made through a Halifax account - sort code 11-01-23 and account number 10863764 and using your name as a reference - or call Mr Wade on 07527 663785 or Mr Watts on 078054 55121 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The climbers are also appealing for clothing and equipment for the challenge.
They can be followed on Twitter with @3PeaksForHan or visit their Facebook page, Three Peaks for Han.