The very latest news from Elliot's Footprint
Remembering EJ - 5 years on
4th March 2018
On Saturday the 3rd of March family and friends gathered to remember Elliot. After visiting EJ's tree at Bardsey Cricket Club there was a small service held at St. John's Church. After hearing from his mum and dad, a video was shown which you can watch here celebrating his short life. You can also read Andrea's words here.
Later on, at Roundhay Park, balloons were released in his memory.
We want to thank everyone who came out to celebrate and remember EJ with us. Thank you for the help and friendship you have given us these last 5 years,
A video celebrating the work of Elliot's Footprint was also shown and we look forward to sharing that with you all as part of our new 4 year plan.
Leeds Council removes child burial fees
1st March 2018
As of today parents in Leeds will no longer have to pay for their child to be buried or cremated.
Leeds City Council has stated that from today, it will pay these funeral fees whenever a child who is from Leeds and under the age of 17 dies. Parents have previously had to pay up to £303 for a cremation and £1,066 for a burial.
The announcement was made in the Councils budget statement made last week.
One of our founders; Andrea Kerslake said:
“We welcome the move to take some of the financial burden of losing a loved one off grieving parents. Anything that can be done to help parents during such a difficult time will do so much in helping them to start to put their lives back together.”
Elliot’s Footprint is a charity that helps families through child bereavement. We offer help and guidance whilst campaigning and fundraising for improved bereavement services.
Founded in 2014 by bereaved parents Andrea & John Kerslake & created in their late son's name, Elliot's Footprint is working hard to take the loneliness and frustration out of the systems and processes that families face in the aftermath of losing a child.
We are currently fundraising for a Bereavement Support Worker who will support families in the event of sudden child loss in Leeds. To find out more about our campaign and what we do visit:
Meeting with Kevin Hollinrake MP
8th January 2018
Over the Christmas period our founders, John & Andrea Kerslake met with MP Kevin Hollinrake MP down in London. They were there to discuss Kevin's proposed bill the Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill. Itproposes that parents who experience child loss be given a minimum of two weeks paid leave to be taken within 56 days of the loss.
'It was great to be invited to meet with Kevin and share with him our thoughts and concerns around the Bill. He was very open and honest about what he thinks is achievable in this Parliament and it was fantastic to be asked to help with getting this bill passed.'
'One of our key areas of concern was around the 56 day period in which grieving parents must take their two weeks of leave. This would not be a long enough period for parents in the case of complicated child death. He was interested in hearing more stories about this so we are asking our members and friends to give us any examples where in the case of losing a child a 56 day window for taking leave would not have been enough.'
We want to thank Kevin for his time and if you have a story to share with us please contact us on email@example.com or use our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ElliotsFootprintCharity
Over £3,000 raised at Abbey Dash
6th November 2017
10 runners made it a 5th of november to remember for Elliot’s Footprint as they #samshedthedash and raised £3,500 (and counting) for our work.
Greg, Leah, Louise, Phil, Martha, Amrita, Louise (there was two), Steven, John and Andrea did an amazing job with Greg finishing the race in just over 48 minutes!
You can still donate to their pages by clicking the links below:
If this has inspired you to raise money for Elliots Footprint why not email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Support for Parental Bereavement Bill
10th October 2017
Last week the Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill was read for the second time in Parliament. It was introduced by Kevin Hollinrake MP (Thirsk & Morten) and proposes that parents who experience child loss be given a minimum of two weeks paid leave to be taken within 56 days of the loss.
Andrea Kerslake, one of the founders of Elliot’s Footprint said:
‘Whilst we welcome the move to create a mandatory set leave for those who have lost a child we feel that 2 weeks is simply insufficient. 2 weeks would not have been long enough to sort our son’s burial.
The 56 day time limit to take this leave also concerns us, in cases of complicated child death i.e needing a postmortem and inquiry, this time would not be sufficient.
We advocate a flexible period of a month for a one year period. What we have found with people we support is that that grief can significantly impact parents 6 months after death. This would allow parents time to grieve, find the support they need and in the case of complicated deaths have the time to attend inquiries and postmortems.’
Elliot’s Footprint took part in a Facebook Debate with Kevin Hollinrake and we raised these concerns. He responded:
‘Thanks for sharing your stories, so heartbreaking but really helps to make my case. Certainly understand need to be more flexible in duration and amount of time off, we would expect employers to be much more generous than our rules provide for and most will be of course. Will certainly share your thoughts with ministers to see what we can do.’
The bill passed it’s 2nd reading and will now move on to the committee stage where a committee of MP’s will listen to evidence and views around this bill. Elliot’s Footprint will submit evidence to this committee and share online.
If you have a story you wish to share about these issues then please don’t hesitate to email us email@example.com
Paul's Walk and Roxie's Rugby
28th September 2017
We are so proud to celebrate two amazing fundraising events that have happened this past month. Paul Norman in September completed both his 3 peaks and the Bullock Smithy walk. He completed 56 miles in 24 hours.He walked through the Peak District, at night and it was several times the distance of his usual strolls through the countryside. He was was also supported by our amazing friends at Bollington Brewery who organised a Walk in the Park in support. We will have more details of Paul's adventures soon but at the moment we think they have raised over £1,500 for our campaign!
Last weekend also saw the return of Roxie's Memorial Rugby Tournament at Bradford Dudley Hill RLFC . Some amazing games of rugby and peoples unbelievable generosity meant that they raised £1536.10 for us. We are so proud and honoured for them having this event to support our work in memory of Roxie.
Back to School
6th August 2017
For many families this is back to school week. Elliot would of just been starting Junior School and EJ's Mum Andrea has written this poem.
We have raised £4,000
7th July 2017
15th June 2017
Andrea and John Kerslake took part in the 7th Leeds SOUP held at Dock29 at Leeds Dock.
We are delighted to announce that Andrea and John were successful in their bid and were awarded over £800 by everyone who attended the night. All this funding will go to our bid to fund a dedicated Bereavement Support Worker.
Thank you to everyone who attended and voted for us.
Photos courtesy of Marcus Rose Photography https://www.facebook.com/marcusrosephoto
It's Fun on the Run
23rd May 2017
Over the past two weeks two amazing fundraisers Georgina White and Jenna Isherwood ran races to raise money for Elliot's Footprint.
Georgina White ran with her friend Lizzy to complete the Leed's Half Marathon. She had never run this distance before and managed to complete it in 2hrs 42 mins which is fantastic.
She also raised over £200 for us so we are super proud of her too!
Super Jenna Isherwood completed the notoriously tough Edinburgh Marathon for us on the 28th of May. She completed it and in the process raised a knee-wobbling £1,060.36 for Elliot's Footprint. She is a star!
If you have been inspired to raise money why don't you download our fundraising pack!
It's EJ's Birthday today.
Today would have been Elliot's 7th Birthday. Andrea has written a poem about her special boy.
Andrea Completes Harewood Half Marathon!
Andrea has just completed another run on behalf of Elliot's Footprint. Despite the mud and the rain she completed it in 2:48, not bad considering the weather!
Andrea is doing 5 different half and full marathons this year to help raise money for Elliot's Footprint. The money she is raising will be part of our brand new campaign and we will be updating you soon about the details and how you can get involved.
We are so proud of her achievement today! You can support Andrea's run by clicking on the button below:
Go Andrea and Steve!
Our founder Andrea recently went on a bit of run with Steve Leyland (an amazing friend of Elliot's footprint.) They both completed the Yorkshire Marathon to raise money for us here and we are so very proud of both of them and they have raised over £1200 for the charity!
Andrea's sponsored walk across Hadrians Wall with Elliots Godmum Tricia also raised over £1500 for the work that we do. We are so very proud.