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The Jessica Mathers Trust (JMT) was founded by Jannet and Stephen (Jessica's Parents) and Anna (Jessica's Sister) in memory of Jessica who died,  aged thirteen, on 2nd March 2007 in a road accident.

 

The aims of the JMT are firstly to support people who are struggling with life, particularly when this is due to homelessness, a premature bereavement or the challenges of adolescence.  Secondly to help develop the local community in Deptford and to protect and sustain the wider natural environment.  The main charity we are currently supporting is Bench Outreach, a charity based in Deptford, SE London that engages with homeless people in the Lewisham area.  We also make individual grants to other charities in support of our aims.

 

During 2019 we supported the following charities ....

 

Bench Outreach - engages with the homeless in and around Deptford 

 

AHOY Centre - changing lives and building life skills through sailing and rowing at their centre in Deptford

Alice's Escapes - provides holidays for families with seriously ill children

Ashdon Jazz Academy - supports vulnerable young women in SE London with a mentor

Brake - the road safety charity offers practical and emotional support after a road crash bereavement or injury

Childhood Eye Cancer Trust (CHECT) - dedicated to helping people affected by retinoblastoma, a rare form of eye cancer

Fegans - exists to brings hope to the lives of children, families and communities in towns across the UK

Good Grief Project - dedicated to understanding grief as a creative and active process

Harbour - works with families and individuals who are affected by abuse

Inquest - provides advice service to bereaved on inquest procedures and their rights 

Joshua Orphan and Community Care - they support community driven sustainable development projects to assist HIV/AIDS orphans, vulnerable children and their families in Malawi 

Lewisham Bereavement Counselling - a community based counselling and advice service for bereaved people in Lewisham

Papyrus - preventing young suicide

SOBS (Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide) - meets the needs and overcomes the isolation experienced by adults who have been bereaved by suicide

SupportLine - provides emotional support and information to vulnerable children, young adults and adults 

Young Minds - the voice for young people's mental health and wellbeing