Michelle Jurd Memorial
The Michelle Jurd Memorial Trust (MJMT) funds adventurous training and arts based extra-curricular activities for young people between the ages of 5 to 25 years of age based in Cumbria. MJMT also provides donations to ex-service people Military charities. Each year our income is divided amongst schools (60%) and young people (40%) to allow them to take part in challenging developmental activities, including kayaking, climbing, orienteering and theatre workshops.
Save the date for our 10th Anniversary! 23rd November is the date for our 2019 Ball
This charity was formed by a small group of friends in memory of Michelle Jurd, who died in 2009 aged 41. Michelle had served as an RAF officer, flying Puma helicopters in various operations around the world, including the Mozambique flood response, and the Kosovo and Iraq campaigns, in both of which she flew in the first wave of helicopters over the border. After her RAF career Michelle concentrated on family life, with her husband Neil, and her 2 young daughters, settling in Cumbria in 2007. Michelle loved Cumbria, loved travel, loved adventure, and wanted her own children to live life as fully as possibly. Neil was an army officer until 2009, which is why our charity supports both RAF and army charities. The Michelle Jurd Memorial Trust does something to keep alive Michelle’s ethos of living life to the full, and seeking meaningful adventure, enabling great opportunities for thousands of young people, whilst also supporting former service people in need. These are things we are sure Michelle would have believed in, and whilst this charity in no way compensates for the loss of a wonderful person, we like the fact that some ongoing good has come from our dreadful loss.
Activities the MJMT has funded
Understanding the OutdoorsEarly Years pupils take part in part in ‘bug hunting’ and other outdoor activities. Events like this develop an understanding of and respect for nature and pave the way for more challenging activities.
Art and Theatre WorkshopsChildren from Grange COFE Primary school take part in a performance of the Jungle Book with a travelling theatre company, funded by the Michelle Jurd Memorial Trust. Activities like these help children develop self-confidence and communication skills.
Adventurous trainingChildren take part in canoeing training at Castlehead Activity Centre, funded by the Michelle Jurd Memorial Trust. Activities like this are great fun, and help the children learn practical skills and gain self-confidence.