GOSPORT MP Dame Caroline Dinenage has congratulated the work of Alice Hendy – originally from Stubbington – who received the Rising NHS Star Award yesterday, Wednesday, July 6, in a special ceremony.
Alice tragically lost her only brother Josh in 2020 to suicide, and when Josh’s mobile and laptop were returned to his family; they found that he had been searching for harmful material online relating to self-harm and suicide.
It was then that Alice came up with the idea of Ripple Suicide Prevention, which discretely intercepts harmful searches and provides signposting to round-the-clock free mental health support.
Caroline nominated Alice in the NHS Parliamentary Awards 2022 for the NHS Rising Star category after meeting with her and hearing more about the initiative. She attended the NHS Parliamentary Awards Ceremony held earlier this week and was delighted to see that Alice had won.
Afterwards, Caroline said: “This was a bitter-sweet day for Alice – it’s a role she never wanted, inspired by the tragic loss of the brother she loved so much. Alice’s incredible work has already saved lives, it’s why I nominated her and it’s why I was very proud to see her recognised through this NHS Rising Star Award.”
And Alice said: “I’m delighted to be awarded the NHS Rising Star Award. The award adds significant credibility to the Ripple technology which is saving lives from suicide on a daily basis.”
PICTURED : Gosport MP Dame Caroline Dinenage, left, at the NHS Parliamentary Awards with Alice Hendy, CEO and founder of Ripple Suicide Prevention (Reproduced with permission).