Helen Lyons

Founder of Elsie Ever After

Helen is the proud mummy of Florence, Elspeth and Josiah. She began fundraising for improvements in bereavement support when her daughter, Elsie, died in August 2013. Helen has been a primary school teacher for 14 years, and lives with her husband and children in the Cheshire West and Chester area. She is passionate about ensuring families know where to go for help when they are grieving, and that practical bereavement support is available for all, regardless of circumstances.

To find out what motivates Helen to run this charity, click here.

Other committee members

Jennifer Robinson


Organiser of our book group ‘Reading Between the Lyons’. If you are interested in joining this Chester based book group, please email us at contact@elsieeverafter.org.uk

Emily Crompton


From Emily Moore School of Dance - providing opportunities for bereaved children to take part in expressive dance sessions.

Gemma Gerrish


Gemma is one of Elsie’s Godmothers. She is passionate about the mission of ‘Elsie Ever After’ and ensuring children and young people in the Cheshire area have access to bereavement support at the time they most need it. Gemma is a wife to Darren, Mum to three gorgeous girlies (including Elsie’s first “bestie”) and works full time in a local authority safeguarding children role. Gemma has recently started running and runs to raise money for Elsie Ever After!

Gary Atkins

Senior Pastor, Storehouse Church

Gary is guiding us through the process of setting up Elsie Ever After, and together with the trustees of Storehouse Church, has agreed to incubate us until we get to a point where we feel we can ‘go it alone’.