A FOUNDATION to raise awareness of the dangers of cosmetic surgery has been set-up by the daughter of Denise Hendry.
Rheagan Hendry launched the Denise Hendry Foundation at the Villa Country House Hotel, Wrea Green, as a result of her family’s heartache.
Her mother Denise, who lived in Lytham, died in July 2009 of meningitis after a seven year battle with illness caused by botched liposuction surgery.
Miss Hendry told The Gazette the idea to start the foundation began as soon as an inquest into her mother’s death concluded in March this year.
She said: “After the inquest we had to plough forward and find some positivity.
“This is for families everywhere that have suffered from cosmetic surgery.
“I want this to go worldwide. This doesn’t just happen in this country, it happens all over the world and we need to focus on it.
“We are going to carry on until we get some justice.”
Her dad Colin – the former Blackpool FC player and manager – praised the work of his daughter when he spoke to the hundreds of people who had gathered for Sunday’s official launch.
He added: “Rheagan is such an inspiration to everyone.
“I know that today of all days Denise will be looking down at what we have done. Hopefully things will get better and all the negativity that is surrounding the family will change to positivity.”
The foundation aims to provide help and advice to patients and families who have suffered at the hands of medical negligence and don’t know where to turn next.
To emphasise the anti-cosmetic surgery message, the event also included a Miss Natural North West competition. The winner, 17-year-old Chloe Wakelin of Midgeland Road, Blackpool, will now front the Keep it Real Campaign, which again highlights the dangers of such surgery.
She said: “It’s a great idea and it’s going to help a lot of people if they suffer from the effects of cosmetic surgery.
“If people are aware of the risks it will stop unnecessary suffering. Airbrushed women in magazines make girls look at themselves and it could lead to them getting cosmetic surgery. It’s a problem in society and it needs fixing.”
For more information visit the website www.denisehendryfoundation.com.