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Over £5,000 raised as supporters paint it Red!

24th May 2018
On the 19th of May over 120 guests helped raise over £5,000 for Elliot’s Footprint at the Royal Armouries, marking the 4 year anniversary of the charities creation in style.

In a night full of glitz and glamour friends and supporters of Elliot’s Footprint heard from Sarah Mace, a trustee of the charity, as she gave an emotional speech to open the night. She highlighted the amazing work Elliot’s Footprint has done in its first four years, as well as paying tribute to the strength and courage of the Kerslake's (Elliot’s family). 
The focus of the night was celebration and Elliot’s favorite colour, red. Guests enjoyed an amazing three course meal before taking part in games and bidding on the main auction. A signed Geoff Hurst England shirt went for £500, with a fantastic 4 night stay at Town End Farm going for £1,000. For first time a 50/50 draw was held with Sally Akeroyd winning £662 on the night.
Guests then danced the night away to the amazing Dandelion Charm before going home after an amazing night for Elliot’s Footprint.

John Kerslake, Founder Trustee, said:
‘We we’re so happy so many people came out to support Elliot’s Footprint tonight. To sell out the venue with a week to spare just shows how much we have grown in 4 years and how important our work is to our supporters. It’s very humbling.’

Andrea Kerslake added:
‘It was such a fun night, everyone looked fantastic and we are grateful for everyone's love and support on such a special night.’
We would like to thank Dandelion Charm for their support.
We would also like to thank the Royal Armouries, Leeds, for being such amazing hosts.
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Muggles Make Massive Money Magic for Elliot's Footprint

24th April 2018

Elliot’s Footprint was delighted to be a part in the Sheffield Steelers Ball Hockey Junior Tri-wizard Tournament. Andrea Kerslake, one of the founder trustees, was invited as a guest and awarded the medals and trophy to the teams taking part in the event. She was also presented with a special Gryffindor jersey with the charities logo on the back.
Over 50 children took part in various age groups to create an exciting day of hockey with team Ravenclaw winning the tournament and over £500 raised to support the work of Elliot’s Footprint.
Andrea said,
‘It was such a privilege to attend today’s tournament and to give out the medals to the children taking part. It was a great opportunity to talk to parents about what we do. Well done to team Ravenclaw for winning!’
Elliot’s Footprint would like to thank the Ball Hockey Club and in particular the tournament organisers for putting on such an amazing event.

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21st April 2018
Elliot’s Footprint supporter Symone Holmes took part in the Manchester Marathon to raise awareness and funds about our work raising over £600. After months of training she completed the run in a blistering (literally) time of 3 hours and 29 minutes. A time that she is hoping will allow her to compete in the London Marathon.
Speaking after the event Symone said,
‘(It was) emotional really, the last 5 miles were hell. I have toenails hanging off and infection as a result! It was perversely enjoyable to prove that I could run that distance and for a great cause. I also achieved a good for age time that will hopefully get me a place in the London Marathon 2019!’
Symone will also be taking part in the Leeds Half Marathon in May. We still have two free spaces available to if Symone has inspired you to get you trainers on contact us on

Alwoodley Primary School backs Elliot’s Footprint

18th April 2018
Alwoodley Primary School in Leeds has decided to support Elliot’s Footprint next academic year by supporting the charity next year. After meeting with founder trustee’s John & Andrea the school is already coming up with some amazing ways it’s pupils can fundraise next year. They also discussed ways that the charity can support teaching about bereavement in the school curriculum. 
Speaking after the meeting John said,
‘ We are so excited to be working with Alwoodley next year. It was great meeting with them today and seeing their passion for our work was just amazing. We can’t to see the creative ways the pupils will fundraise for us and we look forward to meeting them.

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24th March 2018
After a month of voting in stores, Tesco announced that Elliot’s Footprint will receive £2,000 of funding from their Bags of Help Scheme. The funding means that we came second overall in the vote and we want to say a massive thanks to our supporters for voting for us.
Founder Trustee Andrea said,
‘ We are so happy to have secured more funding for Bereavement Support Worker role. To come second in a field with so many amazing causes and charities is excellent and it’s thanks to our friends and members for encouraging others to vote for us.’
We would like to thank Tesco for supporting us.

Triwizard Tournament

21st March 2018

We are delighted to be part of the The Sheffield Steelers Ball Hockey Club, Harry Potter themed charity tournament on Saturday 24th March 2018 at Concord Sports Centre, Sheffield, on behalf of ourselves and JDRF.
Over 45 children will be taking part in the event, with 11 children in 3 of the Hogwarts themed teams and 12 in the 4th.
The Sheffield Steelers BHC will be holding a raffle, to be drawn on the day of the tournament, and have already had numerous prizes donated, including a signed Rotherham United football, match day tickets for Sheffield United, Sheffield Steelers players sticks, and various other items.
John Kerslake, Co-founder of Elliots Footprint said:
‘We are delighted to be taking park in such an amazing event bringing young people across the region to help raise funds for the work that we do. We are looking forward to being there on the day and to meeting both muggles and kids alike. ‘
Elliot’s Footprint will have a stall on the day where you can learn more about the work we do helping families through sudden child bereavement.
Should you wish to purchase a ticket prior to the day, or you have a prize that you would like to donate, please contact Naomi Lee at, the Sheffield Steelers BHC at,

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.

After taking part in an online debate about the bill Kevin invited the Kerlake's to meet with him to discuss some of the issues that we raised. We gave him copies of our research (and an EF Badge).

Andrea said:

'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.'

John added:

'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 or use our facebook page: 

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:

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If this has inspired you to raise money for Elliots Footprint why not email us at

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

Paul's Walk and Roxie's Rugby

28th September 2017

503661d493bf31a7eba0e79bc6eea188.jpgWe 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.

You should be moving up to Junior School EJ,
Another milestone along the way,
No longer that little toddler cuddling on my knee,
You’d be my little boy inviting his school friends round for tea.
But it’s another chapter that can never be,
I’m left to just plant flowers around your tree,
Instead of taking you through the school gates
To have fun with all your new classmates.
I saw a little boy on the plane coming back from Rome,
He was how old you would be now EJ,
I heard him say how much fun he’d had on his holiday,
It’s moments like that that bring it all home.
I miss you so much every day,
The pain of losing you never goes away,
The normality of life as I expected it to be,
Is just a dream inside of me.
Simple things like watching other mums buying school shoes,
Wondering what type you would choose,
I know life has to keep moving on EJ
But just so you know,
we still love you more than words can ever say.

We have raised £4,000

7th July 2017

As a supporter or member of Elliot's Footprint we thought you would love to know that we have raised £4,000 this year in our bid to create a full time Bereavement Support Worker in Leeds.
We are so grateful to everyone who has supported us and it has made us more determined to make our target of raising £30,000 for this role.
We have loads of ways you can support us from individual donations, fundraising campaigns and corporate sponsorship so get in touch.

SOUP Success

15th June 2017

Andrea and John Kerslake took part in the 7th Leeds SOUP held at Dock29 at Leeds Dock. 

The SOUP is an experiment in micro funding, where like minded individuals come together, pitch great ideas, eat soup and vote on the project they think benefits the Leeds community the most. Leeds SOUP run quarterly events in and around Leeds. Tickets to the event are sold to everyone who attends, with the winning idea taking away 100% of the evening’s takings to make their idea happen. 

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 

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.046d7c1035361113fb845209a90c2245.jpg

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!

 Click here to donate to Georgina's Run 

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!

Click here to donate to Jenna's Run 

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.

Happy Birthday EJ
Wow, you are 7 years old my little man,
But not being able to share your special day,

Was never part of the plan.
The house was so quiet when I awoke,
EJ, my heart just broke,
My ‘new’ 7 year old having a play,
Getting excited about his day,
Was just a wish in my heart,
That just so tears me apart.
A party, cake, presents and fun,
That’s what I would have planned for my son,
But I have bought you some light up balloons for your tree,
And some red flowers to attract the butterflies and bees
My last hug with you was as my 2 year old little boy

Whose life was full of love, chaos and joy
But 7 seems such a big number EJ,
it’s so hard not to see you grow,
There is so much I long to know,
Would your favourite colour still be the same?
What games would you like to play?
What stories would I snuggle you with in bed?
These are all questions that roll around my head.
I’d do anything for just one more hug,
To read you just one more book,
But life doesn’t always work the way we plan,
But I’m so proud that you were my little man.
I know today I can’t share with you,
But there are things that will see me through,
I have your cheeky smile deep in my heart,
I can see the mischievous sparkle in your eyes,
And I know how much you loved all ‘your guys’,
So happy birthday EJ,
I’ll always love you more than words can ever say.
Mummy xxx

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.

Andrea said:

'Squelching through the mud reminded me of something - and helped drive me on for the last few miles.  At one of Emily's football games - the pitch was across a huge muddy bog.  Me and Elliot watched the game from the touchline and EJ was his usual rascal self and as usual managed to find all the mud going. On the way back to the car we had to walk through the bog. EJ wanted to walk as he loved squelching with his wellies. He was so muddy and wet - then he looked at me and send 'carry' - I looked at him and just said EJ you are so muddy - his eyes just lit up - 'I'm muddy mummy, carry'. I tried to get Emily to carry him as she was already muddy from the game - but her and EJ were in on this now, both big smiles - knowing exactly what they were up to. I picked him up and man I was covered, he hugged me so tightly and tried to wrap his wellies round me.  He pulled back, looked at me, eyes smiling and said mummy muddy now. Emily thought it was so funny.
Memory made me smile but also made me incredibly sad - but remembered why I was knee deep in mud at that moment - keeps EJ's spirit alive - and what an amazing spirit he had.'

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.