Neil Hancock


Tommy's goal is to reduce the incidence of miscarriage, premature birth and stillbirth which cause so much suffering to more than a quarter of all parents across the UK. Tommy's believes that disseminating information can help to minimise the risks inherent in pregnancy whilst medical research will increase our understanding of the fundamental causes and hence lead to identifying those most at risk and treating them.
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Hi everyone, thank you for taking the time to read this.

My name is Neil Hancock and I have been involved with the RNLI in many areas for the last 36 years. All of this involvement in our fabulous organisation could not have prepared me for events that were to overtake my family and I last summer. 

We were eagerly expecting the arrival of our second granddaughter in late June 2016.

Roseanne Joni Tait was born naturally at 0110 hrs on Monday 27th June 2016. She weighed in at 7lb 7 ½ oz. Sadly our little princess’s heart stopped beating some days before, we don’t know why, so our little angel was born sleeping.

She may not have drawn breath in this world but she has been loved from the start and will always be part of our family and our memories.

The support my family and I received from across all areas of the RNLI was incredible and so humbling. It just reminded me what an extended family we are.

We also received tremendous support from a local group called Teardrop. These are part of the national support network for bereaved parents.

So much comfort and support from the group made sense of some of the darkest days of my life. 

We as a family have committed to working with the support groups to help and support others in this position and to raise awareness of how prevalent this loss is. I am running the Great North Run in September and will be raising funds for Tommy’s the charity which funds research in to why these incidents happen, helping save babies lives.

I will be carrying a willow tree with the trunk and branches made from copper and the aluminium leaves will be in the shape of a tear drop. Each leaf will be engraved with the name and date of birth of the Sleeping Angel. To sponsor a leaf is five pounds.

The tree will be kept in the chapel of the hospital unit where Roseanne was delivered. It will be a lasting memorial to all of the babies and a focal point for the parents. 

Along with the support from my friends and colleagues in the RNLI came a sense of not facing this alone. A number of people confided that they or family members had experienced the same loss.

More than 17 parents daily have to endure that heartbreak nationally.

I need your help to spread the message. Please Tweet or Facebook the link to my Virgin Money Giving page. Let’s make people aware of the terrible heartache that losing a child brings and how they can help fund the research to prevent it.

It is fitting I think that today, Roseanne's 1st birthday I can ask you to help support me on this challenge and fund not only the research which helps prevent baby loss but to raise awareness.

Updated 18/07/2017

Wow I cant believe all of the donations and the messages of support thank you so much it really means a lot to me...

Training going well...trained on the stairs tonight 62 floors of the RNLI College in Poole up and down carrying my pack. Setting me up nicely for my warm up....a gentle 10 mile all terrain event carrying a 35lb pack....Paras 10 at Catterick the Sunday before the GNR....which bit of me is mad !!

I have been contacted by a number of families who would like to remember their angels and have the names on a leaf. If you follow the link below it has my contact details on there.

Thank you,



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21.07.17 Neil, good luck with the run

14.07.17 All the best on the run and good on you for taking on the challenge

11.07.17 It sounds like a wonderful charity Neil, all the best for the run!

10.07.17 As a mum who runs this is absolutely something I would like to support, good luck with the run Neil x

06.07.17 Such a sad story Neil, I'm so sorry.

06.07.17 Rest in Peace, Roseanne, and all your little pals who will tragically join you. Our thoughts are with you and yours, Neil. Well done!

06.07.17 Neil, What a heartbreaking episode for your family. I wish you all strength to endure. I ran the London Marathon in 2014, to raise funds for the RNLI, so how can I not sponsor you?! Best of fortune for your own run. All the very best.

06.07.17 Thank you for being so brave and sharing your loss with us. You inspire us every day with the work you have done in your Granddaughters name to try and prevent this happening to any family again. Good Luck with the run, With love, Adele

06.07.17 Our very best buddy.

30.06.17 Good luck with the run. Hope you gets lots of support.

30.06.17 I’m sure the little angel will cheer you on. Here is a little something towards your target. Good luck

29.06.17 So sorry Neil I was unaware of you and your family's tragic time my thoughts are with you all. Good luck with the run l will be thinking of you.

29.06.17 Great charity, good luck with the run

28.06.17 Neil, A great cause and good luck with the run

28.06.17 Good luck Neil from the Connells

28.06.17 Good on you Neil

28.06.17 Good luck with the run Neil. This is such a good cause. I hope you achieve your goal.

28.06.17 Good luck buddy, enjoy the run.

28.06.17 Good luck with the run.

28.06.17 As a parent It breaks my heart to hear of a story like this. My heart goes out to you and your family and hopefully a brighter future.



28.06.17 Happy to support you Neil

28.06.17 Good luck with the run

28.06.17 Neil, Very sad to read your story this morning, I can't imagine how hard it was. Hopefully you'll raise lots to help others in the same position. You best get running! Best wishes,


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