Charity tribute to fire victims

Rosie and Harvey Bennellick. Rosie and Harvey Bennellick.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
3:00 PM

A charity helping bereaved families is to be set up in memory of two Honiton siblings who died following a devastating house fire last year.

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Harvey and Rosie’s Trust (HART), which is in the process of obtaining charity status, will honour the memories of Harvey and Rosie Bennellick, and aims to support families who have lost children suddenly or in tragic circumstances. Seventeen-year-old Rosie and three-year-old Harvey died following a house fire in Lee Close in April 2013.

The charity is being set up by the siblings’ close family and friends - Rosie and Harvey’s mum Mizelley Bennellick, Fiona Beaumont and Joyanne Page.

HART co-founder Fiona Beaumont said: “What we want to do is provide support for families. Our main aim is that families know there is somewhere for them to turn to and that the charity is here. There is a lot of support for bereaved families out there but there is nothing that is focused on families and parents who have lost children in tragic circumstances.”

She added: “At least something good can come out of something so tragic. It means other families can be helped.”

As part of HART a dedicated support page has been launched on Facebook. Through this page families can offer help and support to each other. It is hoped once it grows monthly support meetings can be started up.

In addition to providing support for bereaved families the charity will also fundraise to ensure families, who do not have the necessary funds, can have memorial stones to remember their loved ones.

A number of fundraising events have been planned from coffee mornings to skydives.

Fiona added: “Hopefully, the charity will grow and develop. Eventually, what we are hoping for in the long term is to be able to send families on short breaks so they can try and have a little normality and have a break away.”

She said: “All we are asking is that people ‘lik’e the page and share it.”

For more information about HART or to find out how to make a donation, visit www.facebook.com/harveyandrosiestrust

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