SUDC UK TEAM

Helen Charalambous

Co-Founder, Trustee and Treasurer

SUDC Parent to Yianni 29.06.2012 – 15.11.2013

With over 20 years of experience in the investment management industry, Helen has worked with institutional investors and the consultants that advise them in Europe, the United States and Asia for The Bank of New York, State Street Global Advisors and Nuveen. She is currently Consultant Director of Strategy and Research at Pension & Wealth Management Advisors. Helen graduated with a BSc. in Economics from the University of Southampton. She is a trustee, treasurer, and co-founder of SUDC UK.

Email: Helen@sudc.org.uk

Helen's Story

Our little Yan had an inquisitive nature, cheeky smile, and huge deep blue eyes that caused people to smile and engage with him wherever went. He loved kicking a ball, swimming and cars, and could speak many words in both Greek and English.

One autumn evening we put our beautiful energetic boy to bed as usual. Despite suffering a bit of a cough, he had been tearing around the house, had eaten a full dinner, and had enjoyed his bedtime milk and story.

The next day our world fell to pieces. Our thriving, gorgeous, boy - and only child at the time - had died during his sleep.

How is it possible to put a seemingly perfectly healthy toddler to bed, but for that child not to wake up the next day?

I am committed to ensuring that our work at SUDC UK will raise awareness of this medical tragedy, and will facilitate the medical research needed to uncover answers that will make SUDC predictable and preventable. In the meantime, it is my hope that SUDC UK can support bereaved families and help them feel less isolated as they navigate life after the loss of a much loved child.