A bereaved mum who appeared on Dragon's Den has thanked the hospice which helped her baby daughter.

Charlotte Clemence and her husband Grant, from Little Hallingbury, spoke of their "eternal gratitude" for East Anglian Children's Hospices (EACH).

The couple, who appeared on the BBC show on Thursday, April 4, were supported by the hospice after their daughter Fleur died of hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) in 2011, at just eight days old.

Dunmow Broadcast: Charlotte Clemence with twin daughters Sophia and Fleur in May 2011Charlotte Clemence with twin daughters Sophia and Fleur in May 2011 (Image: Courtesy of Charlotte Clemence)

Charlotte, 47, and Grant, 49,  have two daughters - Fleur's twin sister Sophia, who is nearly 13, and eight-year-old Nancy.

Since Fleur's death, they have raised around £180,000 for EACH by organising summer concerts at their home and through their outdoor art firm, Yard Art.

Charlotte and Grant went on Dragon's Den to pitch for investment, and received support from Dragons Sara Davies and Steven Bartlett.

Now Charlotte hopes their appearance will shine a light on EACH's services.

She said: "EACH was absolutely fundamental in the process of surviving that period of time.

"When the hospice was first mentioned, I was reluctant, to say the least, and didn’t want to accept what was happening.

"However, as things progressed, we needed that support more than ever and the care team were there for us every step of the way.

"I can’t imagine coping without such incredible support. They were phenomenal and instrumental in terms of helping us get through it.

Dunmow Broadcast: Charlotte and Grant Clemence on Dragon's DenCharlotte and Grant Clemence on Dragon's Den (Image: BBC)

"EACH is part of our lives and we’ll forever be grateful. That connection will always be there, because of the help we received."

Charlotte set up Yard Art with co-founder Bex Lund - an artist who plans to donate commission on sale of her own work to EACH - while Grant takes care of investor relations.

They met the Dragons when the show was filmed last June, speaking openly about Fleur on set.


Charlotte said: "It was a fantastic experience but emotionally draining.

"It was a daunting challenge, as a small business. However, we were truly inspired by the Dragons.

"We had so much positive feedback and securing interest means we can scale up our business and take it to a wider audience."