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.

Trustees

Gemma Gerrish

Trustee

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!

Jennifer Robinson

Trustee

Jenn is an English teacher living and teaching in the Cheshire area, and she runs ‘Reading Between the Lyons’ – the Elsie Ever After book club. She is mum to two children, Adam and Juliet and passionately supports promoting bereavement services for all those who need it.

Rebekah Shaw

Trustee

Rebekah is Elsie’s Auntie and Godmother. She is a chartered accountant with over 20 years of experience across Manufacturing, Retail, Education Services and Third Sector Enterprises. Rebekah has previously held charitable trustee positions and brings with her a wealth of knowledge about compliance, strategy, governance and best practice. She lives in Chester and enjoys getting out and about walking her dog. She likes the occasional adventure such as cycling round Sweden and swimming 5k round Lake Buttermere, but is perhaps more happy holidaying in the sun and going wine tasting.

Victoria Wright

Trustee

Vicki is a solicitor and manager with over 15 years of experience, she provides support and knowledge from a legal, business and operational perspective. Victoria has one daughter and lives and works in Cheshire and Merseyside. Vicki met Helen, the founder of the charity, when their daughters attended nursery together. She is a proud supporter of Elsie Ever After and firmly believes bereavement support must be there for all in their time of need.

Susan Furmage

Trustee

Susan has worked for charities, both in the UK and in the US, for the better part of the past two decades. Originally with a background in the performing arts, Susan brings a touch of dramatic flair and an insider’s perspective on the third sector to her role of trustee for Elsie Ever After. Susan lives in Chester with her husband and their two daughters, all of whom proudly support Elsie Ever After.