Often we hear of incredible stories coming out of tragedy and creation of Harrison’s Little Wings is one of those stories that is hard to hear yet has been a well-loved organisation.

Harrison’s Little Wings was founded in 2010 by Melanie McKenzie, following the birth of her son, Harrison who lived for only 28 hours due to an incurable condition, diagnosed at 20 weeks.

This charity has a small yet dedicated team who are there to support families in a non-clinical, practical way that relieves the everyday stress. Their operation is aimed at women/families going through complex pregnancies.

While this term is rather loose fitting the team help those people who are spending a lot of time at doctor’s appointments and other related arrangements due to issues with their pregnancy.

The main thing Harrison’s Little Wings do is help. They support the women and families in so many ways from helping with meals, picking up the kids from school, being an ear to listen and so much more. Every family is different and they work with each on a case by case basis.

Founder Melanie McKenzie said I had a personal tragedy yet feel blessed Harrison came into my life.

“He inspires me every day and I get to talk about him everyday.

“Not all families have family and friends to support them through this difficult time. Some families may have family and friends who can support them emotionally but may be unable to help practically or vice versa. 

“Our practical support program at Harrison’s Little Wings has been designed to provide a wraparound service to fill any gaps in support”.

Harrison’s Little Wings also create and provide toiletry bags for women who are rushed into hospital without warning. The packs include all of the basic needs for a stay and can have extras added depending on the situation.

As with most charities Harrison’s Little Wings do rely a lot on donations and part of their fundraising for this year is their high tea.

The Secret Garden High Tea is on October 11th and you can buy tickets via their website www.harrisonslittlewings.org.au. And they are always on the lookout for more volunteers. You don’t need to have been involved in a complex pregnancy as there is always lots of work to do to run the organisation.

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