In a current world full of scandal and anger, it’s not often a ray of sunshine breaks through the bleak headlines. However here is the life of a beautiful young lady, who has well and truly set the foundations of a legacy that will last and prosper for many years to come.
Kirsty Howard was given just weeks to live at the age of four, however in true British spirit she defied medical odds countless times, battling with her illness until sadly passing away recently, just a month after her 20th birthday.
Kirsty was born with a back to front heart, which also caused issues with other major organs. Though despite the struggle in health, Kirsty never failed to capture the hearts of all those she met. The iconic moment of 2002 that most will remember is the impact Kirsty had on a certain ‘David Beckham’. As the face of Francis House, it was Kirsty that helped to secure the relevant media attention needed to save the hospice, purely with an infectious smile and an inspiring innocence.
The future of Francis House Childrens Hospice was facing financial struggle, however Kirsty helped to raise a staggering £7.5m, securing its future and improving the set up considerably.
Daily, she required a constant oxygen supply, yet still attended almost every fundraising events in aid of the hospice. Inspiring, courageous and truly selfless, Kirsty actively sought to carry on improving Francis House, tirelessly seeking ways to raise more money for the fantastic cause.
Tributes from all over the world have flooded in, included that of David Cameron, David Beckham and Russel Watson.
The director of the ‘Kirsty Club’ was asked what two things inspired people to give to the cause ;
“That’s easy,” he said. “Her beauty and her smile.” A beautiful depiction of the impact Kirsty had on the world.
As a local from Manchester, she makes me feel very proud to be Mancunian, and very proud to be British. Her efforts in life have, and will continue to help others for years to come.
To make a donation in Kirsty’s memory go to www.justgiving.com/KirstyClub/