Miss Hickson was eleven when her 19-year-old brother, Iain Hickson, died after his red canoe capsized during a canoeing competition on December 2 2000. According to BBC News, Mr. Hickson overturned after overshooting a slalom course one the fast-flowing River Telfi at Liandysul.
A group of spectators saw him plunge into rapids known locally as The Cauldron after completing the slalom course. Several people noticed that he was in trouble but could not reach him. It took three for authorities to find his body.
On the 13th anniversary of his tragic accident, Moira still remembers that his death “Felt like a hole in my life and I felt the ache more than anything else. It physically hurt.”
It is these feelings of hurt and loss that inspires Moira to use her grief to connect with young people who experienced the sudden, unexpected loss of someone they loved. She believes that having someone who is supportive and understanding makes all the difference in the world.
It was something that she did not have when her brother died but now she can be that special someone for another child or young person.
Miss Hickson volunteers with Fixers, a nonprofit that supports young people through the grieving process.
Fixers supported over 10,000 young people since its formation in 2008. With a recent grant from the Big Lottery Fund, Miss Hickson and the other members of Fixers plan to work with 19,000 more young people during the next three years.
Moira is also creating a booklet that will help explain the grieving process.
Memories of her brother Iain continue to haunt Moira. She thinks about the nieces and nephews that she will never have.
Her biggest regret is that she feels like “He missed out on all these things. However, she consoles herself with the thought that “He would be proud of everything I’m doing with Fixers.”