Jessica Lawson Foundation

About the foundation

The Jessica Lawson Foundation was set up by Antony & Brenda Lawson, after discovering what little practical and emotional help was out there for parents that lose a child unexpectedly.

Why the foundation started

In July 2015, Jessica aged 12 was one of 24 students and three staff from Wolfreton School in Willerby that were on a five-day trip to the Club Correze adventure centre near Meymac.

Whilst away on the school trip, on 21st July 2015, it is believed that Jess became trapped under an overturned pontoon, which she and a group of children were jumping from while swimming.

On 22nd July 2015, Jessica sadly passed away.

Jessica’s parents had no support and struggled to cope with day to day life, their world was shattered into pieces. The aim of the Jessica Lawson Foundation is to help other families that face trauma and need immediate help. They aim to improve bereavement support services and ensure that no other families are left alone.

The aims of the foundation

Provide other bereaved families and/or their friends a point of reference…a single point to search for the specialist charities and organisations who do exist, who can offer support at a time when parents are desperate, unable to process or function normally.


Provide direct contacts, information and links to ‘be the bridge’ many other vastly experienced trauma, grief & bereavement specialist organisations and charities. Simplify & Improve accessibility to bereavement support and trauma counselling when it is needed and based on the individual families loss.


Develop the ‘Survival Handbook’ containing practical advice, wellbeing products & examples of wellbeing services available. Introduce parents to the specialist Bereavement Breaks…short, respite holidays…especially arranged in association with the JLFoundation and a network of partners mainly based in The Algarve region of Portugal. Introduce parents to the Re words. Retreat, respite, recharge, refocus and relax.

Who we're working with

The Rose Charitable Foundation

The Jessica Lawson Foundation are in partnership with The Rose Charitable Foundation. The Rose are a registered charity (reg charity no. 1157176) that are supporting the Jess Lawson Foundation.