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Hannah’s House in Bury St Edmunds to be Stanton apmidwife’s lasting legacy

LEGACY: Friends and family of midwife Hannah Seeley gather at Acorn House for the opening of Hannahs House

LEGACY: Friends and family of midwife Hannah Seeley gather at Acorn House for the opening of Hannahs House

Friends of a young woman killed in a car crash in 2012 have used money from a ball held in her honour to help those who touched her life.

Hannah Seeley, a 21-year-old from Stanton, was killed in April 2012 on her way home from West Suffolk Hospital, where she worked as a midwife.

A charity ball held last year in her memory raised thousands of pounds and on Saturday her friends and family gathered at Acorn House, in Bury St Edmunds, to celebrate her lasting legacy.

Funds of £8,300 were donated to the facility in Acacia Avenue, which provides a home and support for single parents in the area, aged from 16-25.

Hannah’s best friend, Beth Mleczek, said: “Hannah went there as a community midwife and was quite touched by some of the stories there and some of the people who haven’t had the best start or best support in life but are still managing to do all they can for their little ones.”

Kate Anderson, another of Hannah’s close friends, said: “We wanted to do something that would mean something to Hannah and make her memory live on.

“We made a play area inside for the children and Hannah’s House is a training room for young parents so they can learn while their children play.

“It was in Hannah’s nature to be caring and loving towards everyone. I think she’d be really proud of us and what we have done.”

Of Saturday’s opening, Mrs Mleczek said: “I felt really proud of everything we’d achieved. It was obviously sad too, but I’m really grateful to everyone for the help and support they gave us in getting the charity event off the ground.

“It’s a testament to Hannah really, the amount we raised and the lives that will be changed for the better.”

In a speech at the event, Becca Rigby, Acorn House resident of two years, said: “I think it’s going to make a real difference to us, and new people coming in will really benefit, knowing that it is not just a place to live but a place to learn.”

 

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