Charity hopes auction hits £30,000 target

Trishna and Amelie at Acorn House
Trishna and Amelie at Acorn House

A couple who set up a charity to help critically ill children after their own son died, aged just 15 months, are hoping to reach their fundraising target by the second anniversary of his death.

Mani’s Helping Hands is hoping to rake in a further £3,000 by February, 11, 2015, in the hope of reaching their overall goal of £30,000.

The charity supports The Sick Children’s Trust, SSNAP and the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at Addenbrooke’s Hospital.

It was founded by Stuart and Trishna Reid, in memory of their son Mani who passed away on February, 11, 2013.

Mani was born with a cleft lip and palate and suffered many complications during the first three months of his life. His condition went on to deteriorate and he spent most of his life in specialist hospitals, only spending six weeks at the family’s Hocklife home.

Mrs Reid said: “In memory of Mani, Stuart and I together with family and friends have set up Mani’s Helping Hands, a registered charity that fundraises for all the organisations and charities that supported us through Mani’s journey, including The Sick Children’s Trust’s Acorn House.

“The Sick Children’s Trust is a very special charity to my husband, Stuart and I. I don’t know what we would have done without their support.”

The Trust provided Stuart and Trishna with a Home From Home, allowing them to stay close to Mani while he was in Addenbrooke’s Hospital.

The charity is launching an online auction on Friday, December 5, which will run for one week.

They are encouraging the community to support them by donating prizes and taking part in the auction which includes a fully signed England Euro 2004 football shirt, the chef’s table for six at Gordon Ramsey’s Petrus restaurant and a Brad Pitt signed montage.

To donate, visit: www.facebook.com/Manishelpinghands