What is The Mariposa Trust?
Jump for Love is a fundraising event for The Mariposa Trust
The Mariposa Trust was officially established in 2013. However the work of the trust started in 2012, and it was set-up to oversee and steer various projects and divisions, two of which include Saying Goodbye and GrowingYou. The charity is most well-known for the Saying Goodbye division, as most of the support work is offered via this department.
As a charity, the organisation helps people who have been affected by the loss of a child at any stage of pregnancy, at birth or in infancy. This is provided through remembrance services at Cathedrals and Minsters, and via an extensive support and befriending system. Additionally the trust is working with Government and Health Professionals to improve the care and support of people pre, during and post baby loss.
The Trust is led by the founders Zoe and Andy Clark-Coates, who are Trustee/Directors, and they are supported by a wonderful team, who assist in coordinating the work of the charity across the UK and worldwide. Saying Goodbye was originally established as a not-for-profit division of CCEM (a company owned by Zoe and Andy), but as it grew, it became a charity in its own right. However CCEM administer a lot of the day to day activities, and organise all of the services for the charity.
The Trust has been established to provide services and support for people who have lost children at any stage of pregnancy, at birth, or in infancy, be it last week or 60-years ago, and to achieve this the trusts aims are as follows:
Create Remembrance Services that allow people to grieve in a supportive environment
Create a comprehensive support structure, allowing people to access the support they need
Improve the care and support of anyone going through loss
Change the taboo nature of baby loss, allowing for more open discussion, acceptance and support