Church rallies round family of tragic Pontypool mum

CT_604_001 Lee Howarth with his daughter Hallie-Rose from Pontypool who will have to wait 12 weeks before recieving any child benefit (8205094)

CT_604_002 Lee Howarth with his daughter Hallie-Rose from Pontypool who will have to wait 12 weeks before recieving any child benefit (8205097)

CT_604_003 Lee Howarth with his daughter Hallie-Rose from Pontypool who will have to wait 12 weeks before recieving any child benefit (8205107)

CT_604_004 Lee Howarth with his daughter Hallie-Rose from Pontypool who will have to wait 12 weeks before recieving any child benefit (8205114)

CT_604_005 Lee Howarth with his daughter Hallie-Rose from Pontypool who will have to wait 12 weeks before recieving any child benefit (8205123)

First published in Gwent news

MONTHS after the tragic death of Pontypool mum Caroline Howarth, the community continues to rally around her husband Lee and baby Hallie-Rose, offering their support.

Members of Victory Church in Cwmbran have been providing support and basic necessities for Mr Howarth to allow him to care for his baby daughter, since her mum tragically died two days after her birth in early May. A charity football game involving a Newport County XI will also be held this weekend to raise further funds for Hallie-Rose.

Mr Howarth, who lives in Talywain, said he had been living off the kindness of the church with a meal every night, along with food from their food bank and care for Hallie- Rose including nappies and SMA milk.

He said it has been overwhelming.

“Hallie is doing really well – she is nine pounds now, but I am relying on the church to supply me with a meal every night, nappies and milk. They are even paying my rent,” he said.

“Victory Church has got a Christian rehab organisation called Victory Outreach which helps those who are homeless, have been in prison or have addictions.

“I lost my mum at a very young age and went off the rails and turned into an alcoholic, but then I went to Victory Outreach for a year and a half.

“When I came out I met Caroline and my life began and now they are helping me again.”

Lee Howarth is the sole carer for his daughter, after his wife died on May 10 when she suffered a severe asthma attack that inhibited her breathing and, coupled with an already decreased level of oxygen in her blood, caused her to go into cardiac arrest during an emergency caesarean section to deliver her baby.

Pastor Allun Davies of Victory Church added: “People in the church have been giving him help and cluster groups have been providing him with hampers of food.”

A charity football game in Mrs Howarth’s memory will take place this weekend.

The aim is to provide Hallie-Rose some savings for when she turns 18.

The match will see a Newport County XI take on Caerleon Town AFC at Coronation Park (the ground of Newport Corries) on Sunday at 1pm.

A variety of stalls will also feature as part of the event, and six County fans will have the opportunity to pay to play with their sporting heroes.

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3:06pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Jonathan_Tattershall says...

For those that are no able to make the event on Sunday, please see a donation page that has been set up:

http://www.gofundme.
com/Lee-and-Hallie-R
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For those that are no able to make the event on Sunday, please see a donation page that has been set up: http://www.gofundme. com/Lee-and-Hallie-R ose Jonathan_Tattershall
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6:12pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Miguana says...

What a wonderful witness. Well done Victory Church. Only today I sent a message to Pastor Allun to tell him that Lee and Hallie Rose remain in our prayers over here in Bedford. It is wonderful to see the photos of them both in this article, and especially to know how well little Hallie Rose is doing - 9 lbs already. Wonderful. God bless Lee and Hallie Rose.
What a wonderful witness. Well done Victory Church. Only today I sent a message to Pastor Allun to tell him that Lee and Hallie Rose remain in our prayers over here in Bedford. It is wonderful to see the photos of them both in this article, and especially to know how well little Hallie Rose is doing - 9 lbs already. Wonderful. God bless Lee and Hallie Rose. Miguana
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9:03am Sat 19 Jul 14

Miss Thomas says...

Can't he get a job like the rest of us?
Can't he get a job like the rest of us? Miss Thomas
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9:05am Sat 19 Jul 14

Miss Thomas says...

It's all very sad but for god sake ! Go to work! Get childcare ? Yawn
It's all very sad but for god sake ! Go to work! Get childcare ? Yawn Miss Thomas
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9:14pm Sun 20 Jul 14

niclou says...

this man has just lost his wife and been left to look after their baby for the next 18 years +. as you all know that for the first year of a babys life its vital that they have a parent around, hence maternity leave. however as Caroline is not hear to do that vital role don't you think that lee should be the one to do it rather than dumping her In childcare at such a young age. I am sure In good time he will find himself a job to help look after himself and baby hallie. give him chance, he is still grieving. after all it has only been 2 months since he lost his dear wife. How do you know he hasn't got a job? even if he was working he would be on official bereavement leave anyway. well done to the church for your help x
this man has just lost his wife and been left to look after their baby for the next 18 years +. as you all know that for the first year of a babys life its vital that they have a parent around, hence maternity leave. however as Caroline is not hear to do that vital role don't you think that lee should be the one to do it rather than dumping her In childcare at such a young age. I am sure In good time he will find himself a job to help look after himself and baby hallie. give him chance, he is still grieving. after all it has only been 2 months since he lost his dear wife. How do you know he hasn't got a job? even if he was working he would be on official bereavement leave anyway. well done to the church for your help x niclou
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