"Its amazing what the life of a little girl can do to inspire people, even if she was only with us for three years."
Bethany-Shannon Memorial Ice Hockey Festival 2016
16th January 2007 - 22nd June 2010
Bethany-Shannon Preston was a normal, apparently healthy 3 year old girl when, on the 22nd June 2010, she died suddenly overnight after suffering a suspected cardiac arrest. There is absolutely no indication on what the actual cause of death was but since then we have put our focus into fundraising to try and prevent other families from going through what we have to on a day to day basis in a world that doesn't understand this level of grief that no-one CAN understand unless they themselves are living the same life.
So in March 2011, We founded Bethany's Legacy to help support charities in their aims to prevent unnecessary cardiac deaths and to raise awareness of the pain that bereaved parents have to go through and help to signpost newly bereaved parents to the support that is available.
Bethany-Shannon was a fun-loving little girl, she lived her little life to the full and always went out of her way to make sure that people are smiling and having fun. For the short time she was with us, she taught us so much about the more fun side of life and to always try to make the world a happier place. This was what Bethany-Shannon brought to the world.
Since Bethany passed away, her parents wanted to make sure that her legacy lives on. To always do what they can to make peoples lives better through enjoyment and fun.
The Co-Founders - Colleen & Simon Preston
On the 22nd June 2010, at 6.30am, Simon and Colleen experienced the most Earth-shattering moment that any parent would fear the most - finding their child dead.
Simon found Bethany unconscious in her bed, and despite his efforts in using CPR - Bethany continued to be unresponsive. Whilst Simon was performing CPR, Colleen called for a Paramedic who arrived quickly on the scene but unfortunatley, Bethany was too far gone for any medical professional to reach out and bring her back.
In order to preserve her memory, Simon & Colleen founded Bethany's Legacy 6 months later and have together raised over £15,000 for various charities since Bethany's death. In June 2017, Bethany's Legacy became a registered CIC so that Simon & Colleen can better serve the community in Bethany's memory.
Since becoming a CIC, Bethany's Legacy has started to generate funds through sporting activity so that they can be re-invested into sustainable projects that will help people who have gone through trauma to rediscover themselves. We are very much in the early stages, but we already have a few projects lined up that could help people.