Love, Jasmine Aims To Meet Demand

Love Jasmine, the Liverpool charity set up to support bereaved families who have lost a child, is aiming to expand its range of services to meet a growing demand.

The charity was set up by Rob and Kathy Lapsley almost three years ago, after the tragic loss of their daughter Jasmine, who passed away at the aged of six in the most tragic of circumstances after choking on a grape whilst on a family holiday in North Wales in August, 2014.

The Steve Morgan Foundation has provided a three-year grant of £82,986 to help Love, Jasmine with its development –click here to read our previous feature article.

Rob has now thanked the Foundation once again, for “believing in what we are doing”, as he revealed the charity is now taking more of its services actually out into the local community.

“We set up the charity after losing Jasmine because we felt there was something missing in terms of the support for bereaved families in this area,” says Rob.

“We set up Love, Jasmine to try and do something about it, and started off with a couple of support groups for parents and siblings who had been bereaved.

Susan, from Love, Jasmine.

“As the charity started to grow, we were able to offer more services, and then we approached the Steve Morgan Foundation.

“We felt as if we had grown as much as we could without any more help, and we wanted to improve what we were doing, extend the counselling service we had just started, and expand some of the peer groups for parents.

“As well as getting the grant off the Steve Morgan Foundation and the financial aspect which allowed us to grow, having someone who really believed in what we were doing was really important and meant so much to both of us.

“It has allowed us to develop the counselling service, which is now accessed by 34 familes on a regular basis.

“We have also been expanding the range of services we put on – coffee mornings, parents groups and yoga classes – out to the Wirral.

“It has been really beneficial for us to take our services out into the community, and offer it to people where they don’t have to travel to far to access them.”

It remains vital to Rob and Kathy that the charity continues to leave an enduring legacy, in Jasmine’s memory.

“Jasmine’s name is on the charity, and that is really important to us,” Rob explains.

“We have to make sure that everything we do is right for the charity and particularly right for the people that we support, because it is them we are helping.

“Hopefully over the next 12 months we will try and keep expanding our counselling service and the peer groups, because there is certainly a real demand out there.”

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