Hamish Dear’s Warm Hugs
1355. Hollie Dear
1356. Kris Dear
Hollie and Kris Dear, from Aberdeenshire, founded ‘Hamish Dear's Warm Hugs’, which funds gifts and short breaks for children with cancer and their families, in memory of their son Hamish, who tragically passed away after he was diagnosed with neuroblastoma.
While Hamish was in hospital, Hollie and Kris deeply valued the importance of making memories and days out, and wanted to enable other families affected by cancer who otherwise would not be able to enjoy such experiences to benefit. They set up ‘Hamish Dear’s Warm Hugs’ in 2017 in Glasgow, and have since expanded to support children and families in Edinburgh and Aberdeen.
In a personal letter to Hollie and Kris, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:
“I know you do this with no thought of praise or reward, but allow me to offer my own recognition of the interminable strength you have shown since losing Hamish. At a time when children with cancer and their families are struggling, you give them the gift of hope and happiness with the special days out you organise for them.”
Hollie and Kris said:
“We are overwhelmed with this recognition for the work we do in memory of our beautiful boy. Hamish’s charity is based on our experience of having a child with a cancer diagnosis and through this we aim to support other children and their families. It is an honour to receive this award, Hamish is at the heart of everything we do.”