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Moira

Moira

Name: Moira Hickson
Age: 24
Year of the Fix: 2013
Location: Norwich
Campaign: To help people cope with loss of a loved one

At the age of 11 years old, I lost my brother Iain in a canoeing accident. This loss was terrible and it left a massive hole in my life.

 

Not long after, I began to feel isolated and alone. I found that people avoided me at school and I began losing friends.

 

In fact, a lot of young people experiencing bereavement can find themselves feeling lost and misunderstood.

 

With the help of Fixers, I am creating a booklet to help people facing the loss of a loved one cope with their regular day-to-day activities.

 

I want young people to know that they are not alone, and there are people out there to help them and ways they can find support.

Here is a list of Fixers helping me with my Fix:

 

Emily Morgan

Sammy Woods

Emily Willgrass

Ryan Doubleday, Nelson's Journey

Thank you to Ryan Doubleday who appeared in my broadcast piece to support my Fix and share his own personal story.

 

Robert Lomax, CRUSE Norfolk

Thank you to Robert Lomax from CRUSE Bereavement Care for appearing in my broadcast piece and supporting my Fix.

August 2014

I was featured on Mustard TV and interviewed about my campaign. You can watch the full piece by clicking on the image below.

 

 

A story about my Fixers project and bereavement booklet was also featured in the Eastern Daily Press online (EDP 24). Click here to read the article.

 

May 2014

My Fixers resource is now complete and has been very well received!

 

The booklet, created with the help of Fixers, provides support to other young people coping with bereavement. Here’s what one person had to say about it:

Well done, Moira. I was 17 when my dad died and immediately felt 'different' to all my friends. Thankfully they were all really supportive and I managed to adapt positively. It wasn't easy and even now 26 years on I have my down days. I hope the work you've done is appreciated.’


January 2014

Following my broadcast - I've had encouraging feedback from people supporting my project idea. You can read some of these responses below.

 

Leah: 'This is something which will help so many people. Well done.'

 

Julie: 'Great idea Moira! Good luck with your booklet.'

 

Helen: 'Anything that helps people cope with bereavement and educates people who have no experience of what it is like is a good idea. People don't seem to understand you come to somehow cope with your loss, you never get over it.'

John: 'I read your story about your brother and wish you the best in your efforts to help other young people.'

 

Julien: 'Well done Moira. I know that this must have been a really emotional subject for you to broach. It will help others and I hope that it has helped you too. Iain would indeed be proud, although I think he always was!'

 

December 2013
An article about my Fixers project appeared in the Eastern Daily Press. Click here to read the story.

 

News of my Fix also reached America and I was featured online at examiner.com. Click here for the article.

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