It is with enormous sadness that we announce one of our much-loved volunteers and supporters, Hannah Dennis, has passed away. Hannah was very poorly for some time and the way she fought her illness with such positivity, was an inspiration to all.
Hannah was a big part of Alopecia UK. She first developed alopecia areata at the age of 16 and early on was keen to help others going through the same. Hannah volunteered for Alopecia UK, providing support email replies to parents and children. She started YouTube videos with a view to helping others and raising awareness. We first met Hannah in person at a Big Lottery event in Croydon with our future ambassador Joanna Rowsell Shand. Hannah struck us as a quiet yet big-hearted girl. On that day, she told us how she was so keen to help as many people as possible with alopecia.
Hannah participated in a research project with the University of Oxford which developed online resources for young people with different skin conditions, including alopecia.
We also had the pleasure of meeting Hannah at two of our Big Weekends (London 2014 and Manchester 2015). Always with a smile and kind words for others.
Hannah took part in lots of awareness campaigns across her social media. The photo collage image we've shared is one she put together for International Alopecia Day 2015.
In recent years, most of Hannah's hair grew back but a diagnosis of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) meant her health deteriorated. We know that Hannah had the same approach to EDS as she had to alopecia. One of supporting others, raising awareness of the condition and continuing her journey with huge amounts of positivity.
Hannah passed away on Sunday 11th February, aged 23. A hugely inspirational young lady who will be missed by so many, including everyone at Alopecia UK.
In keeping with Hannah’s desire to raise awareness and help others, we include links that we’re sure Hannah would approve of:
Firstly, Hannah’s family have chosen to set up a joint fundraising page in aid of Alopecia UK and Ehlers-Danlos Support UK; two charities very close to Hannah and causes that she was extremely passionate about helping during her life. Click here to visit Hannah's legacy fundraising page.
Secondly, we wish to share details of Ehlers-Danlos Support UK. We think Hannah would be pleased for us to shine a light on another condition for which there needs to be greater awareness and understanding. If you have not heard of EDS before, perhaps take a look at the following website and learn more about it. Click here for more information.
We also share this video from Hannah's own You Tube channel. Hannah created this short film to explain what alopecia is and raise awareness of Alopecia UK.
And finally, we share a link to the alopecia resources that Hannah helped to develop as part of the Healthtalk project for young people aged 12-24. Click here to find out more.
We send our love and best wishes to all of Hannah’s family and friends at this sad time.