JUST three months after the death of her baby daughter, Sarah Brown is beginning her return to public life by launching a children’s charity.
The Chancellor’s wife will be president of the as yet unnamed organisation, which will help poor, sick and disabled youngsters.
The 38-year-old’s daughter, Jennifer Jane, was born seven weeks premature and died in January.
Brown is said to have a passionate commitment to helping children and wants to redirect her energies to building up the charity. Earlier last year she stepped down from running a successful PR company.
A family friend said her interest in children’s charities pre-dated the death of Jennifer Jane.
“She has worked with them for years and decided she wants to do more of this when she started working part time last year,” said the friend.
Last week, Brown was pictured in Downing Street with her husband on Budget Day. It was her first public appearance since the funeral of her daughter. After months of mourning, her grief seemed to have lifted a little as she was pictured sharing a joke with her husband.
She is currently helping to compile a book of short stories for children to raise money for the National Council of One Parent Families, of which she is a patron. It may include a contribution from J K Rowling, author of the Harry Potter books.
The Chancellor has sought to encourage a culture of charitable giving through tax incentives, such as Gift Aid, and lobbied to persuade developed countries to write off Third World debt in the run-up to the Millennium.
He and his wife have also used their influence to support good causes. They host an annual children’s Christmas party at Number 11 with the most recent in aid of the Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity, which provides care for children with life-threatening or terminal illnesses.
Sarah announced her pregnancy last July. Jennifer Jane Brown was born in December, seven weeks premature, and weighed just 2lb 4oz. She suffered a brain haemorrhage and died 10 days later in an Edinburgh hospital.
Brown then spent more than a week out of the public eye while he and his wife came to terms with the loss of their only child.