In memory of Hanna Ahmed


1986- 2020


Hanna Ahmed was a well-loved member of Refugee Women of Bristol; a former trustee and member of staff. Hanna dedicated her short life to serving the community, energetic, feisty and committed to making a difference to lives of community members. She was always there for our members and colleagues and we will miss her dearly. Hanna was trained as a Community Health Advocate by FORWARD and became a community campaigner against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Violence against Women and Girls in Bristol.

Hanna set up the Parenting Support Group at May Park Primary School in May 2015 to support migrant parents to engage with the school. Hanna’s parenting sessions included autism awareness, to educate and empower families; she. She helped deliver Sex Education using the JIGSAW scheme, which Ofsted recommended. She ran sessions on Domestic Violence, Parenting Skills, anti-bullying, Math’s, English and organised FGM safeguarding conferences. The Parenting Support Group became a platform where parents and teachers met to discuss emerging issues for the school. She was later employed

Hanna was employed by Refugee Women of Bristol as the Schools’ Parent Support Worker where she extended her reach and shared good practice developed from May Park’s Parenting Support Group. She facilitated sessions on Children’s Emotional Wellbeing and Safeguarding sessions for parents across Bristol. Hanna supported parents from FGM affected communities across Bristol to safeguard their girls against harmful practices. She was concerned with the educational attainment gap and remained dedicated to the wellbeing of our children.

Hanna was a tireless community activist, supporting Safe space for women with multiple issues, understanding the criminal system and mental health and visiting Somali young men in various prisons across the country. She will visit and connect with prisoners in Isle of Wight, Usk, Channing Wood, and Ashfield, providing advice, supplies and motherly love. Even in her hospital bed Hanna was still able to support others. She called Abdul from Bristol Somali Forum "Abdul, get ready we gonna drive to Isle of Wight a prisoner is coming out. He is being released. He has been there long time and everything has changed. He has no family. He needs our support. We have to help him." Hanna was the Secretary of the Bristol Somali Forum.

Hanna Ahmed was an advocate, a human right’s champion, a mother, a wife, a sister, a friend, a colleague and a pillar of our community. Hanna is gone but she will never be forgotten. She leaves behind a husband and four young children.

Gone but will never be forgotten. Hanna leaves a huge hole in the community work  in Bristol, she was a champion at Refugee Women of Bristol & FORWARD, a secretary at Bristol Somali Forum and a dedicated wife and mother!

We are fundraising to support the four young children that Hanna left behind.
  • Anonymous 
    • £100 
    • 5 months ago
  • Anonymous 
    • £20 
    • 7 months ago
  • Anonymous 
    • £20 
    • 8 months ago
  • Helen Taylor 
    • £30 
    • 8 months ago
  • Lydia Medland 
    • £20 
    • 8 months ago
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Organiser and beneficiary

Imhotep Oyortey 
Westway, ENG
Naana Otoo-Oyortey 
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