Gosport MP, Dame Caroline Dinenage, has expressed her pride and pleasure at seeing Alice Hendy, originally from Stubbington, receive the NHS Rising Star Award at the NHS Parliamentary Awards yesterday.
Alice tragically lost her only brother Josh in 2020 to suicide. When his family received his mobile and laptop back, they found that Josh 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 24/7, free mental health support.
Caroline nominated Alice in the NHS Parliamentary Awards for the NHS Rising Star category after meeting with her and hearing more about her work. Caroline attended the NHS Parliamentary Awards Ceremony and was delighted to see that Alice had won.
Commenting, 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.”
Commenting, Alice Hendy, CEO and Founder of Ripple Suicide Prevention said:
“I'm delighted to be awarded the NHS Rising Star Award. The award adds significant credibility to the R;pple technology which is saving lives from suicide on a daily basis.”