‘Letters to Heaven’ post boxes being set up around Sheffield after young mum’s death

The tragic death of a mum-of-three has spurred her best friend to set up a ‘Letters to Heaven’ post box initiative to help bereaved people across Sheffield.

After Katie Hawxwell died last December aged 39, following a three-year battle with cancer, Chloe Hill, 40, was inspired to install the boxes in local cemeteries to provide support for her friend’s three children and other loved ones.

The post boxes allow people to send letters to those who have died.

Chloe, a qualified counsellor, said: “They provide children or adults with a connection to a loved one that they have lost.”

Katie, whose children are aged four, 12 and 17, worked with the homeless at Sheffield City Council and was diagnosed with cancer in 2019.

Chloe said: “She didn’t let it stop her. She offered a unique friendship. She was just someone who believed in you that much. It was a proper uplifting friendship.

Chloe Hill and Katie Hawxwell

“The only reason I have been able to move forward with any of this is because of the love and support Katie showed me, she was so fierce and a force to be reckoned with, without Katie I would never have been able to accomplish any of this.”

The first of the six post boxes has been successfully installed at Grenoside Crematorium, and Chloe has delivered five other boxes and plaques to the council, which are awaiting installation.

Chloe has raised over £1,300 for the cause so far, exceeding her original goal of £500 for just the one post box and is still looking for donations to keep the project going, as she needs £3,500 for her current vision.

She hopes to get post boxes in as many of the 16 Sheffield cemeteries as possible after getting for permission from the local council.

The counsellor said: “At first I just wanted to install one, but now I feel like I’m on a mission to try and get a post box in as many of the 16 cemeteries as possible.”

The council has voiced concerns to Chloe about the staff required to empty the postboxes, but she is setting up a Letters To Heaven Volunteer Group to service them, which people can join on Facebook.

Chloe is also looking for anyone who works at churches, private crematoriums or hospices to get in contact if they would like a Letters To Heaven post box installed.

To donate, click here: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/chloe-hill-5

Written by Freya Vye

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