Little lady’s memory lives on

brooch pins down funds
brooch pins down funds

Six-year-old Imogen died in 2010 from childhood cancer but she lives on through a hand-made ladybird brooch mum Fiona is selling for the charity until May 1.

The foundation, which grants wishes to seriously ill children, sent the Alexander Heights family on a Queensland holiday in 2009.

Last year, ‘crafty’ Fiona set about giving back to the organisation by creating the wooden brooch so other families could experience the ‘magic’ of a wish granted.

‘While Imogen left us nearly three years ago, she is very much with us,’ Fiona said.

‘By creating the Princess Ladybird brooch, I can help myself and my family remain close and connected to her and, at the same time, give back to an organisation that helped Imogen fulfil a wish of her own.’

The green brooches in Imogen’s favourite colour sell annually over a week that includes her birthday on April 26 and anniversary of her May 1 death.

‘Imogen had a fondness for ladybirds, something she shared with me and the women in my family,’ Fiona said.

‘For us, the ladybird represents luck, innocence, magic and joy.

‘During a treatment session, a little ladybird somehow made its way into the completely sterile treatment room, earning Imogen the name Princess Ladybird from nursing staff at Princess Margaret Hospital.

‘(Our) Princess Ladybird was a loving, determined, smiley, loud, boisterous, happy, bossy character, literally louder than life.’

Fiona hopes to double last year’s $1650 proceeds from the brooches, which are $10, available from www.|imogensangels.com.au.