I am the founder of this special Foundation which I set up to ensure that the spirit of my only darling daughter, taken far too young at the age of 23-years in a road traffic accident in India, lives on. She was 10 days into a trip of a lifetime after qualifying as an accountant. My Han’s spirit had to be kept alive and I thought long and hard about how best to do this.
It was when I was in the depths of my sorrow with nowhere to turn, that I found a tool for my pain – on my mat in my yoga and meditation classes, neither of which I had tried before. Then, in a bubble moment I realised that this is what I would create – a warm caring non-judgemental environment (all those qualities found in my daughter). We would seek to enable others to find a tool for their grief and so became the Hannah Whitley Foundation.
So what else do I do in my spare time? I am a full time solicitor and mother to my rock , Theo , Hannah’s younger brother.
One of Hannah’s best friends and heart and soul. One of the foundation’s founding members and social media guru!
Clare began her yoga journey in 2012 after a spinal injury. Having been given a fairly bleak prognosis from doctors, Clare took to yoga as a means to ease her pain and restore her health and movement.
She began working with the Foundation in October 2021 and takes our Sunday restorative yoga class and also provides a Wednesday class Maggies at The Christie which the Foundation funds.
Hannah’s chief work role model, dear friend and the Foundation’s accountant and financial advisor.