Heather Hopkins – Rest In Peace 12.10.2019

  • By JHT

We are very sad to have to share with you that Heather Hopkins, our dear friend and co-founder of James Hopkins Trust passed away this weekend after a long illness.

Heather dedicated her life to her much loved husband Vance and adored daughter Sophie. Heather and Vance’s sons, Matthew, Richard and James may have had short lives but they were a much loved part of the family and their memories were cherished by them all.

We have spoken to Vance and Sophie and conveyed our heartfelt love and sympathy to them on behalf of everyone at James Hopkins Trust.

After James passed away, Heather played a vital role in ensuring every life limited, life threatened and severely disabled young child in Gloucestershire would receive desperately needed support and free nursing respite care. Heather’s vision was to offer care and support for families in a home from home environment filled with magic memories, laughter and love, with the help of her family and close friends she achieved her dream and so much more.

Hundreds of Gloucestershire’s families have greatly benefitted from Heather’s vision, hard work and her kind & selfless heart, but Heather has always remained humble about her achievements and shied away from publicity because what she did was always for love.

In September, we were truly privileged to welcome Heather, Vance and Sophie as guests of honour for James Hopkins Trust’s 30th anniversary celebrations – it gave us all great pleasure to see them reunited with old friends and supporters of their charity.

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, staff and families we would like to say the love, respect and gratitude for the whole Hopkins family has only grown stronger over the years and we are holding Heather’s family closely in our heart and thoughts at this very sad time.

1 Comment

  • JHTAdmin

    I am deeply saddened to read that the lovely Heather has passed away so young. she was an inspiration to everyone who had the pleasure to meet her and I have to say I was one of those people when both James and our daughters cots lay side by side in the special care baby unit at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital in 1987. My sincere condolences go to both Vance and Sophie at this time and I do hope they within their grief are also taking comfort in the fact that Heather was so well thought of and loved by everyone and anyone who came into contact with her. May you rest in peace Heather it's now your time to shine with your beloved boys and be re-united with them night, night, god bless and sleep tight.


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