£82,986 donated

For Rob and Kathy Lapsley, from Anfield in Liverpool, losing their daughter Jasmine at the age of six left them with the most unimaginable pain and grief.

Jasmine passed away in the most tragic of circumstances after choking on a grape whilst on a family holiday in North Wales in August, 2014.

As they struggled to come to terms with their trauma and devastation, they found there were areas of both practical and emotional support that were sadly lacking.

And so, as time went on, they decided to start a new charity, in memory of Jasmine, and, at the start of 2016, Love, Jasmine was officially launched.

The help and support provided by Love, Jasmine is extensive.

The charity helps bereaved parents access counselling service and family group work, particularly in areas around Liverpool where those opportunities have proved difficult to find.

Better links have been established with other local organisations who  deal with bereaved families, to ensure they are signposted towards Love, Jasmine.

Encouragement is also passed on to family members to think about their own health and self-care, with yoga, meditation and complimentary therapies providing a vital source of comfort.

A caravan at the five-start Ribby Hall Park in Lancashire has been purchased to provide respite care for families, and, since April, ‘Jasmine’s Retreat’ has played host to 50 such families.

Practical help is also available including advocacy work for families, helping them to find the right information or legal assistance and access to any relevant benefits.

The Steve Morgan Foundation made an award of £82,986 over three years to help with core costs.

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