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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 2022 we supported the following charities ....


Bench Outreach - engages with the homeless in and around Deptford 


2000 Community Action Centre - supports the Deptford community via food bank, cafe and various activities

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 or who have lost a child

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

Bede House Association - supports young people and those with learning disabilities or suffering domestic abuse in Southwark

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

Ditch the Label - provides digital support for young people affected by bullying, mental health or prejudice 

Forest of Avon - supports the local community in Somerset through planting and caring for trees

Good Grief Project - supports grieving families and promotes a better understanding of grief

Harbour - provides counselling to people affected by life-threatening illness and the bereaved around Somerest

Inquest - investigates state related deaths and supports the bereaved families

Insight - supports those suffering domestic violence and young people affected by drugs and alcohol in Warwickshire 

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

Lewis-Manning Hospice Care - helps people with life-limiting illnesses and their families in Dorset

Papyrus - preventing young suicide

Road Victims Trust - supports families around Bedfordshire bereaved by road collisions 

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