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Head of Havering stillbirth charity attends Downing Street event

PUBLISHED: 17:53 26 November 2013 | UPDATED: 17:53 26 November 2013

Mandy Hunt, 47, (second from the right) with Samantha Cameron and chairs from Sands branches

Mandy Hunt, 47, (second from the right) with Samantha Cameron and chairs from Sands branches

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The chair of a Havering bereavement charity was invited to a Downing Street reception last week to celebrate her work within the community.

Mandy Hunt, 47, of Tring Gardens, Harold Hill, attended the event on Tuesday to represent the borough’s branch of Sands, a stillbirth and neo-natal death charity.

Mrs Hunt said: “It was very exciting and quite breathtaking. 20 of us were chosen out of 120 chairs who run groups, so it was an honour to be chosen from everyone and to represent them.

“Having that recognition for our work is lovely.”

Mrs Hunt, who is married to Rob, also 47, posed for a picture with Samantha Cameron, wife of prime minister David Cameron.

She said: “I didn’t get to talk to her personally, but it was nice for her to be there and good to have a photo with her.

“A couple of ladies did speak to her and she told them what fantastic work they were doing.”

Like many women involved with the charity, Mrs Hunt turned to it after a bereavement. She lost baby Holly 15 years ago.

“When you lose a child it is a very lonely place, because people don’t know what to say to you,” she said. “But I needed to talk to someone about it.

“You can’t change the tragedy that happened, but you can make it better and bring hope back. Although, when it first happens to you, you can’t think of that.”

Mrs Hunt, who has three children, Rob, 24, Rebecca, 21, and Kaitlin, 11, has been in charge of Sands’ Havering branch for the last seven years and runs support groups from her home.

Her next challenge is to get into university to study midwifery.

“I want to sink my teeth into something I really want to do,” she said.


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