Helping Helen, Chloe and Angus

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Help Helen and her children by supporting them during this incredibly difficult time.


On 17th March 2018, Helen, her husband Simon, and their children Chloe and Angus, set off on on a long-awaited trip to visit Simon's family in the UK. They were excited and happy, but sadly, they didn't make it to the UK. On the way to their stopover in Dubai, Simon passed away.

Helen, Chloe and Angus are shocked and devastated and grieving. They are currently in Dubai, waiting for Helen's mother to join them from New Zealand.

Helen and her whanau will need love, support and kindness over the weeks and months to come, but they will also need financial support. If you can give even a small amount, it would really help them out.

Sarah Bichan's involvement (page creator)

Helen is a friend and a member of the same writers' group as me. AND she is a wonderful human being. So many of us want to do something to support her and her children through this difficult time.

Use of funds

All money raised will provide financial support for the Gilby family over the coming months.

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Latest update

Helen's mum is now with her  20 March 2018


Helen's mum has now arrived in Dubai and is with the family, making an enormous difference.

Helen and her family will need to stay in Dubai for a while. Then they plan to continue to the UK for the funeral, accompanied by Helen's mum and her partner.

Thanks to several friends, Helen has everything practical she needs just now, and will be well looked after in the UK, too. When she returns to Christchurch, we will be ready to kick in with substantial practical support.

Helen has read every single message she has received and they mean the world, so do feel free to keep them coming.

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J on 14 Jun 2018
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Lorraine Taylor on 13 Jun 2018
Wish I could provide more practical help - but I hope this is useful x
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This page was created on 19 Mar 2018 and closed on 19 Mar 2019.