Support baby Estelle - Stu’s memorial

$28,931 donated
Given by 151 generous donors in around 6 months

Stu was tragically taken just weeks before becoming a father. He leaves behind his newborn daughter Estelle who needs your help.


Karee and Stu were just four weeks from welcoming their baby daughter to the world when Stu died suddenly and tragically in his sleep.

Stu McPherson was a sports fanatic, a TV producer and a great New Zealander. Stu was also a very excited first-time father who couldn't wait to meet his princess.

Tragically he was taken from us way too soon. After undergoing minor surgery on his shoulder two days earlier, Stu fell asleep watching rugby on TV and didn't wake up.

His fiancé Karee was 35 weeks pregnant with their first child at the time of his death and is now navigating motherhood as a solo parent without the emotional, physical or financial support of her loving partner. Sadly Stu died without life insurance.

On July the 5th little Estelle was born at Auckland Hospital. She is beautiful happy baby but sadly she will never meet her father; being born just 30 days after he passed away. She will never hear him tell her that he loves her and will never be able to hold her daddies hand.

Karee and Estelle were fully relying on Stu to provide for the family financially while Karee took maternity leave. While nothing will ever bring back Stu by providing some financial support we are able to ensure that Estelle is given a good start to life and that Karee can focus on their well-being over the first critical months of Estelle’s life.

Please help so that Stu's daughter's early days are supported as best we can without her loving father.

Karee and Estelle would like to wish their sincere thanks to family and friends who have been so supportive and to members of the Remuera Golf Club and College Riffles for their ongoing love and support. Through the sleepless nights with a newborn knowing we have a community around us is helping us to stay positive and to try and enjoy this special time which has been so heavily clouded by grief and uncertainty about the future.

Use of funds

With Karee on Mat leave, and the main income provider passed away, we want to ensure that Stu’s family have basic financial stability until she is able to return to work.

Funds raised will be spent on essentials like nappies, clothing, food, and housing.

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Frankie & Melanie
Frankie & Melanie on 23 Sep 2021
Juliet on 06 Sep 2021
Nick on 27 Aug 2021
On behalf of The Eden Park Trust and staff, we send our condolences to you, Karee, on the loss of Stu. A member fundraiser was held at the first Bledisloe match at Eden Park on 7 August. We know Stu was an avid rugby fan; he was certainly in our thoughts on that day.
Keith & Glenda
Keith & Glenda on 15 Aug 2021
Lovely to meet you & Estelle last night, Karee. Our hearts go out to you 💕
Guest Donor
Guest Donor on 07 Aug 2021
Thinking of you Karee, I hope your first few weeks with your wee one are going well xxx

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