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AThe 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 aim of the JMT is to support people who are struggling with life, particularly when this is due to homelessness, a premature bereavement or the challenges of adolescence  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 supporting people who are struggling with homelessness, a premature bereavement or the challenges of adolescence. 

 

During 2016 we have supported the following charities ....

 

Bench Outreach - engages with the homeless in and around Deptford

 

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

 

Ameca - provides sustainable medical education and care in African countries

 

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

 

 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

 

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

 

The Compassionate Friends - supporting bereaved parents and their families after a child dies

 

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

 

We have also supported two films ....

 

The 'Good Grief' Project - the making of a film that aims 'to discover how bereaved parents are finding new and healthier ways of grieving for their son or daughter

 

Still Loved - a feature documentary showing how families deal with the loss of a baby