HoneyRose Foundation Founder Lynn Duffy MBE

Lynn Duffy MBE, an NHS nurse of 38 years set up The Honey Rose Foundation in September 2004 in memory of 3 of her close friends, all of whom all died from terminal illnesses.

Lynn was able to arrange special days from wish granting charities for Karen and Nicola but was unable to find help in fulfilling a special wish for Rose Clark because she was over the age of 40 (the over 40 age group was not catered for by any wish granting charity).

Having been unable to get any help for Rose Clark and, realising that there must be many more terminally ill adults with nowhere to turn to, Lynn began working on setting up the charity. Lynn started by working from a box bedroom at home whilst working full time as a District Nurse Liaison Officer. Lynn had always been involved in fundraising for different charities. e.g. Leukemia Research, World Aids Day, Children in Need etc.and this experience in fund-raising was put to good use in raising money for her own charity.

Growth of The HoneyRose Foundation

  • 2004 – Lynn worked from a box bedroom at her home and, after working hard to provide special days for several seriously ill adults, she decided it was time for an upgrade.
  • 2005 – The HoneyRose Foundation name was registered, named in memory of Nicola Honey and Rose Clark.
  • 2006 – Lynn received a grant from Awards for All which enabled her to move to an office at 18 Hall Street St Helens.
  • 2007 – One year later the office was moved from the bottom floor of the building to the top floor to open up a charity shop on the bottom floor.
  • 2008 – Another HoneyRose Foundation charity shop was opened in St Helens on Barrow Street.
  • 2010 – A third charity shop was opened opposite the shop on Barrow Street.
  • 2011 –  The charity took over the 2nd floor of the charity shop on Hall Street.
  • 2012 – Warehouse was opened to house more stock.
  • 2012 – Lynn wins Wish FM Woman of the Year Award
  • 2012 – Lynn wins Pride of St Helens Charity Fundraiser of the Year Award
  • 2013 – A further office was set up to accommodate work experience students and office volunteers.
  • 2013 – Lynn continued to work 7 days a week, striving to move the charity forward in order to reach more seriously ill adults in the UK.
  • 2014 – Charity makes another move from the 3 shops dotted around St Helens to one large iconic building in the centre.
  • 2014 – Comes runner up at the Directory of Social Change Award Ceremony.
  • 2015 – Lynn continues her networking and dedicated herself to reaching even more terminally ill adults.
  • 2015 – Lynn receives MBE in the Birthday 2015 Honours list!

If you would like to get in touch, please email Lynn: lynn@honeyrosefoundation.org.uk or call Lynn on: 07838238309

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