Award helps Layton make new memories

A charity which helps children living with life-limiting illnesses to make memories with their loved ones has taken on its first member of staff thanks to the Community Match Challenge Fund.

JUMP is registered in Warrington and has supported more than 1,000 beneficiaries since it was founded in 2004. 

Its photo and video memory support service is at the heart of what it does, with professional photography sessions being delivered to its beneficiaries, culminating in keepsake memory books and films to cherish. 

The charity has just been awarded £55,954 by the Community Match Challenge Fund which has enabled them to pay for their first member of staff with the recruitment of Charlie Hunter as the community development manager.

Charlie has been tasked with bringing JUMP’s five-year strategic plan to life. 

The grant will also be used to deliver the charity’s brand new digital support programme of events, including art and music therapy and counselling support.

Charlie said: “Many of the families we support live very isolated lives. With their daily routines being centric to the healthcare needs of their child, life can be extremely tough. 

“Covid-19 means JUMP families need support now more than ever. Many families have spent months shielding and they’ve told us that this funding will provide them with much-needed support. 

“The funding will allow us to tackle isolation, it will give us the opportunity to improve mental and physical wellbeing and it will afford us the chance to maintain important relationships with the children and families we’re so passionate about.”

One of the young people helped by JUMP is Layton Robinson-Bancroft, who was diagnosed in 2015 with a genetic condition called Mitochondrial disease Type 1. He has since then been diagnosed with other conditions including  a blood disorder called von Willebrand  disease and epilepsy.

Layton and his family have been receiving support from JUMP since 2019. Layton and his two younger siblings, Tillie and Logan have attended lots of the digital children’s entertainment events hosted throughout the pandemic.

Charlie said: “We know that this funding will allow us to support Layton and his family, in a much more impactful way and that it will genuinely make a positive difference to this family’s day-to-day life. 

“Being able to have something to look forward to and feel a part of is empowering and Layton is so deserving of those opportunities. Thank you for making this a reality, thank you for being the difference.” 

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