Charity campaign to support ICU in memory of Harriet Shelley raises over £1,000 in first few days

Harriet Shelley

The family of Harriet Shelley have already raised more than £1,200 in her memory for Southmead Hospital Charity.

Donations and tributes have been flooding in to Harriet’s fundraising page – from family and friends as well as from people who did not know Harriet but have been moved by her story. 

Mum Toni Harris has organised a special event to raise money for Southmead Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit where doctors battled to save Harriet’s life after she was hit by a car in Bristol in April this year.

Harriet, 21, who had just completed her final midwifery exams and was due to start a teaching course at university, suffered severe head injuries and died a week later in May.

Her family and friends will pay tribute to Harriet at a special event at the Salthouse in Clevedon on Saturday October 14 where they will plant a blossom tree and release balloons which are 100% biodegradable.

Harriet’s mum Toni, from Clevedon, who also has three sons, one of whom is former Union J singer George Shelley, said:  “We are touched that so many people have so far donated to Harriet’s fundraising page – especially people who never met her, it shows just how many lives she touched during her life.

“Harriet was a very special person who made us immensely proud and we want to help create a lasting legacy in her name to bring something good out of tragedy.

“That’s why we have started our fundraising campaign for Southmead Hospital Charity – to give back to the staff in ICU who cared so much for her and worked so hard to try to save her life.

“We are also eternally grateful for the support they gave to us as a family.”

Five of Harriet’s organs were donated after her death – saving the lives of five people.

Toni said: “I really want to raise awareness of the importance of signing the organ donation register, Harriet had never signed the organ donation register, and we faced a very difficult decision but decided that she would want to donate her organs as she was such a selfless and giving person.”

Elizabeth Bond, Head of Fundraising at Southmead Hospital Charity, said: “It is clear that Harriet was a wonderful young woman who achieved so much in her short life.

“We are so grateful to have the support of her family and friends to enable us to make a real difference for the future of ICU care at Southmead Hospital.”

Toni is also hoping to organise a Spring Fairy Ball in May.

Toni said: “I’d like to thank Salthouse manager Gary, That Copy Shop in Hill road Clevedon, Rebecca Tom and Jez, and Damien who was the school care taker when Harriet was at  school, who have all been so supportive of us.”

Support Harriet Shelley’s fundraising campaign here.  

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