Final Update from the Hartleys x 25 September 2018
Firstly we would once again, say thank you to everyone who has followed, donated, shared and commented on our journey with mum. We couldn’t have got as far as we did without all of the amazing support from everyone.
We have been doing a lot of thinking over the weekend on all of our costs and funds on give a little we raised.
After a lot of calculations we have worked out that we have $50,000 left from all of the generous donations.
We have decided as a family that we would like to split and donate the remaining money to various charities/organizations. Time and thought has gone into this and we decided to go with charities that were close to mums heart and ours.
One organization we are very excited to donate to is..
Dee is a Scottish lady living in Bali, who heard about our families situation and she helped us out in the very difficult time. Dee runs a school in Badung, Bali, for kids that have been rescued from very traumatic pasts. Dee and the kids invited dad and Toby to join them for a game of football (soccer) which they happily took up. It was a very well needed break and after seeing all of these kids with such positive attitudes gave them a good boost to carry on for the remaining time. Our donation will be going towards a few renovations for the school and basic essentials to keep Dee’s school running.
Secondly, we are also donating to the mental health foundation- https://www.mentalhealth.org.nz/
As mum suffered from mental health it was something that was very close to her heart. She was always willing to help anyone and she made sure mental health was known and recognized.
Finally we are making a donation to the Starship hospital in Auckland- https://www.starship.org.nz/
Mum adored kids and we know she would really love for a portion of this money to go towards kids in need. The donation will go towards new technology and medical equipment to save and extend lives, vital research to ensure better outcomes, boosted family support, staff training and community outreach projects to keep children out of hospital.
From here on out, we are trying to get back into a bit of normality and get everything back on track, it’s what mum would’ve wanted. I can almost hear her now shouting at me for not keeping on top of washing or having takeaways when we can’t be bothered to cook. Woops. This will probably be my last post as this page closes at the end of this month but it has been a pleasure waking up in the morning and reading all of your lovely comments and feeling all the love so thank you!!
All the best to each and every one of you!
Sophie, Richard and Toby Hartley xx
Dear Sophie, Richard and Toby.
We have followed you all throughout this unexpected journey and have shed many tears. Your family's courage in starting this page and having your life bared for all to see shows how much you loved her. Your family have shown great dignity and a caring attitude to everyone who donated and even to those who showed no respect in their comments.
Our family and friends who donated to Abby's page think that the charities you have chosen are very worthwhile and are pleased that your family have made this lovely decision.
We look forward to seeing you all in the New Year.
Love and best wishes 💕
Elaine and Albert (UK)
Hi Sophie. I’d like to echo the previous comment and send my sincere admiration to you. You’re an amazingly inspirational person. Love and huge hugs again. Maybe our paths will cross sometime.
It would be a pleasure. Stay strong and remember the good times and good people on the road ahead. Much love Lyndal