How We Began
The Happiness Foundation began in the UK in 2007 when our Founder Kath Temple lost her amazing younger brother, John Black. John was the Community Relations Manager for UMIST for many years. Good things can come from tragic events and make our world a better place. In 2020 Kath lost her beloved son-in-law, Ed Sisto, just 35, father of her then 2 year old grandson. Ed designed the websites for The Happiness Foundation UK and The Happiness Foundation Gibraltar. Kath honours him here and salutes him for was and all he did. A wonderful young man whose life was cut tragically short by cancer in the lockdown of 2020 when the NHS seemed to be virtually non-operational for all but covid. The Happiness Foundation Gibraltar was inspired by Natalie Abudarham, a local Teacher and SENCO, who became a young widow when her wonderful husband Marcus Abudarham died at just 36 with a brain tumour, leaving her and their two young children. The Serenity Project – Navigating Through Grief & Loss is dedicated to the memory of Marcus. Our Little Angels Project, which supports parents who have lost a baby or child, is dedicated to baby Luke David Banbury, born sleeping, son of Kat & Neil Banbury.
The spirits of John Black, Ed Sisto, Marcus Abudarham, and baby Luke David Banbury live on in all we do.
Sadness can be transformed into new hope, new vision, a new mission, and a more influential and impactful life.
Baby Luke David Banbury