Q&A: My Redbridge - Mel Field, Haven House fundraiser

PUBLISHED: 17:00 26 October 2018


Mel Field has been fundraising for Haven House Children’s Hospice since 2010, and has so far raised more than £110,00 in memory of her daughter Molly who died of a brain tumour.

What is your connection with Redbridge?

I have lived in Redbridge since I was two years old and all of my places of education were in Redbridge too.

What’s the best thing about working or living in the borough?

It has always had a real community feel. I not only went to school in the borough, I was also a volunteer at a local youth centre when I was 15, where I met people I now consider my close friends.

What one thing would you change about the borough?

As much as I understand that we can’t control the population growth, Redbridge is already very overcrowded, with schools struggling to accommodate children living close by. I would build more schools rather than more living spaces, which only increases the problem

Use three words to describe the borough.

Community, inclusive, green.

Who is the most inspiring person you know?

My daughter Molly inspires me every day. I sadly lost her to incurable brain tumour eight years ago, when she was just eight years old.She always inspired her friends growing up and wanted to fundraise to help others less fortunate than her.

She also had a huge talent for writing and wrote a book while she was ill in hospital.

Since she passed away, we fundraise for Haven House Children’s Hospice in Woodford Green, so far raising more than £110,000 and next year I am going to start writing a book about the grief of losing a child from the perspective of all members of the family. Both these things are inspired by my beautiful daughter.

If you were made prime minister, what is the first law you would introduce?

I’d introduce a law which allows the police more access to files on people who pose a potential threat – many of whom we know live in the borough.

If you were editor of the Recorder for one day, what would you focus on?

I would focus on highlighting the good and positive approach to life that young people in the area have, rather than constantly hearing and reading about the minority of badly behaved young people.

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