JESSIE May ambassador Lloyd Kembrey, and his group of his friends, will embark on a series of 12 gruelling challenges during 2023. Over the next 12 months, they will fundraise for Jessie May, a charity that supports the palliative and nursing care of children with life-limiting illnesses.
Jessie May holds a special place in the heart of Lloyd, because of the support and love that the nurses showed to his cousins Josephine and Francesca throughout their lives. were born with a life-limiting condition called, Sanfilippo disease Type A. The Jessie May Trust provided respite care for the girls and bereavement counselling for the family after their deaths.
Due to Lloyd’s consistent support since the age of 6, Jessie May asked him to be an ambassador, a position he was honoured to receive.
Thinking of ways to support the Trust, Lloyd knew he needed to do something special. After much brainstorming, Lloyd, alongside his four friends, Joe, Jake, Brad and Chris, decided to create a programme of intense challenges, ranging from an ice skating marathon in Finland, to racing horses up a mountain.
Not only is this mission amazing because of the tasks the boys are going to endure, but it is a real feat of love. Lloyd knows first-hand how profound the work of Jessie May can be, with his referring to their work as ‘immeasurable’, in regards to the ‘support given to his Auntie and Uncle’.
Lloyd has stated that he is ‘honoured and very proud to support the charity now in an official manner’.
Kim James-Coggins, the community engagement fundraising officer for Jessie May, has formed a close bond with Lloyd and his family, and says that any type of fundraising is incredible but Lloyd is ‘just crazy’.
As a smaller charity, any money raised by people like Lloyd goes straight into supporting families and children, providing end-of-life care and ensuring that children can be at home with their families.
“Lloyd takes it to a whole new level with his challenges and we love that but any kind of help is amazing.”
Lloyd has been posting videos of his training on his Instagram and anyone who wishes to donate can do so on the 12 challenge JustGiving page.