It really means the world to us that you have popped over to find out more about the ‘Little Forget Me Nots Trust’
Founded in 2020 by Louise Taylor, during a time she was struggling to find the right support after her own loss. Louise turned to alternative ways to keep her mind focused and away from the heavy thoughts that come after a child loss. She found herself talking more while she discovered new hobbies and interests.
By following these new interests she has developed a following who understand how using our hands helps our minds and hearts process grief. Louise is using this strength as the foundation for the Little Forget Me Nots Trust and is beginning to build a new path for alternative support in Northern Ireland… and beyond one day.
We want to connect you with alternative ways that may help you figure out techniques to overcome obstacles whenever you feel ready to face the world again and begin to live with grief.
We work closely with funeral directors who are unfortunately seeing a far too many pregnancy & infant losses which is making our purpose much more relevant to our community.
Our aims are to provide immediate support to a family who have just lost a child, which will then turn into transitional support and then we will follow this up with different ways to remember our loved ones.
Over the last 2 years we have been working hard to pilot projects, generate an income to fund running costs and now we are thankfully in the position to begin supporting you.
Founder Louise Taylor sadly lost her first born son. This started the journey of trying to find support within Northern Ireland for bereaved parents.
After seeking support Louise found that their was lack on services available for bereaved parents and their families. Information was difficult to gather which made the grieving process harder to process.
Speaking openly about the lack of services available within Northern Ireland, Louise discovered the hidden benefits of art therapy through embroidery. She began to encourage other to pick up embroidery, painting, pottery, weaving…something to keep a grieving persons hands busy.
Building relationships with bereaved parents over these 2 years helped Louise to put in place the need for a Trust fund to help Northern Irelands bereaved families.
Local businesses got involved to help raise funds for our newly found trust and we raised just over £10k. What a year!
Our board members and volunteers took on the River Blackwater challenge and rowed 5k. It was amazing! Thank you to everyone who took part!
Our star fundraiser for 2020 was Aimee from Bodyfit Mums who raised over £5k. Thank you Aimee and Team BFM!
We collaborated with local artists and art therapists to support 10 bereaved families and 30 individuals with online workshops. The feedback was amazing. Being able to support these people was incredible for the Little Forget Me Nots Trust.
We received charity status in August 2021!! Woohoo!!!
Team LFMNT did an abseil on May 29th and October 9th down the Europa Hotel and raised over £3000! We also held our first Little Remembrance Ride. Raising these funds helps us with programme costs to support bereaved families this year! Thank you to all the abseilers, riders and to those who donated.
We are so grateful to the incredible community of Hunterhouse College Belfast, who raised over £2K for us through their Colour Run Event.
Thanks to funding from the Comic Relief Fund and Future
Screens NI, through the Art Work - DfC Covid Recovery Employment and Skills Initiative, Little Forget Me Nots has been able to take on its first two employees!
We have been able to support over 30 families in 2022 through our Getting to know You sessions and events.
We ended the year with the fantastic news that thanks to The National Lottery Community Fund we will be able to support 10 families with direct support in 2023.
We started the year strong by announcing that Louise would be taking on the huge "100k in 1 Day" challenge. This quickly grew to have 25 people taking part as individuals or as teams.
The Charity had a rebrand, introducing a new clean logo and updated website.
We celebrated 3 years of the charity with families that we have supported being creative and having fun.
We welcome our new expanded board at our AGM, with members from right across the region.
We raised over £15,000 during our 100k in 1 Day challenge with an incredible total of 1,363,835 steps taken by our challengers! Thank you to everyone who took on the challenge, fundraising, joined us for the combat class and shared the word!