A mum from Rugby who lost her daughter last year has become a trustee at Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice in Coventry, which did so much for her family in their time of need.

Lois Zapasnik’s three-year-old daughter Elsa suffered from a rare genetic mutation that created profound disabilities and which ended her life far too soon.

In a fitting tribute to her daughter, Lois has become a Trustee at Zoe’s Place to help other children and families like hers.

Lois, who is a Solicitor at Leamington Spa solicitors Blythe Liggins where she is known by her maiden name Harrison, said: “We lost our beautiful daughter Elsa last summer. She was an incredibly special little girl who touched so many lives and we are beyond proud of our little fighter.

“Zoe’s Place provided us with huge support in many ways. The amazing team looked after Elsa for respite overnight stays, which gave us a chance to catch up on some much-needed sleep.

“She also had the best time at Zoe’s Place, taking part in activities that would not have been accessible to her anywhere else.

“I wanted to do something to thank Zoe’s Place, and also to help other families like ours, which is why I’ve become the first bereaved parent trustee at Zoe’s Place.”

Zoe’s Place, which also has baby hospices in Liverpool and Middlesbrough, cares for babies and young children with life-limiting, life-threatening or complex conditions.

It is a registered charity and it is proud that all of its care is free of charge to families who need it. It could not do its work without the support of local friends, communities and businesses who raise funds in many different ways.

Lois added: “The team at Zoe’s Place became an extension of our family and treated Elsa like their own. Their help was huge to us, so I hope I can help raise funds, and the profile, of Zoe’s Place, so more families like ours can benefit from their incredible work.”

For more information about Zoe’s Place, visit www.zoes-place.org.uk.


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