A GoFundMe has been set up for a family mourning the loss of an inspiring Saanich entrepreneur and her baby.
Founder of PACHULAH, Amanda Welch, known to many as Mandy, died August 23rd, one day after baby Rachelle Daisy Green-Welch.
“We thought we were having a baby, but instead we had an angel. I’m sure you had to leave us as well, to go take care of our little angel baby girl,” reads a tribute posted on the companies Facebook page by her husband, Daniel Welch.
“You were the most incredible, talented, breathtakingly beautiful woman and the impact you had on so many people was astounding … The accomplishments you made in such a short time is spectacular, but you’ve left us too soon.”
Following the announcement, tributes and messages began to pour in from customers and the business community.
“Mandy an incredible entrepreneur opened her first store at Uptown in 2016 designing and creating the stunning jewelry you see from the kiosk today,” Uptown wrote in a tribute.
“We are grateful she chose Uptown to cultivate her creativity and business. Mandy’s positive bright light and presence will be greatly missed and our thoughts are with her family at this most difficult time.”
Welch first launched Pachulah at Uptown in 2016, months later, she took part in celebrating Victoria Buzz’s 50,000 fan celebration by giving away one of her hand-crafted necklaces.
Her business quickly grew catching the interest of local and international buyers, which led to Welch opening a second location in Waikiki in 2018.
Mandy’s uncle, Murray Sharrat launched a GoFundMe as a way to support her husband and 22-month-old son, Dante.
“Amanda… and her unborn daughter, Rachelle Daisy, passed away suddenly on August 23rd. Mandy was a beautiful, free-spirited woman who enlighted everyone she touched. Her infectious smile and kindness left a lasting impression on everyone she met,” said Sharrat in the GoFundMe.
Sharratt said the funds will be used to help Dan and Dante navigate the world without Mandy.
As of this publication, the fundraiser has raised $4,485 of its $20,000 goal.
“Rachelle Daisy Green-Welch was a perfect little baby girl. I got to hold her and say goodbye and I know one day you, me, Dante and Rachelle, Goldie, Akoya, Sadie and the chickens will all be reunited,” said Mandy’s husband.
“I look forward to this day, but for now we’ve got some work to do. I will always love you, and I will always live with the honor of knowing you and getting to spend so much wonderful time with you. Rest In Peace my Wife. I love you to the moon and back. “