'The Jasper King Memorial Trust' (JKT) became a registered charity on 30th August 2017. Charity number: SCO047679
The 'JKT' aims to create outward bound and respite holidays on The Isle of Eigg, for anyone affected by cancer.
The Trustees aim is to help create memories and experiences which build confidence and self esteem at a time when families affected by a diagnosis feel their world is closing in around them.
Jasper was a talented, funny, kind man; a loving husband and family man. He spent his working life touring the world with his company The Chipolatas, bringing street theatre, clowning, and music, to over 44 countries for over 25 years.
Jasper died in 2015 at the age of 44, from lung cancer.
His wife Sharon cared for him during the 3 years of illness and was also diagnosed herself with stage 2a breast cancer in 2013.
The Isle of Eigg was their favourite place, both the landscape and the community, and it's Sharons wish to create a lasting legacy to Jasper and to make a difference to others.
In summer 2017 the charity enabled 2 families to each take a week long break on Eigg. The following quotes are from the families and capture the ethos of the trusts aims perfectly:
“It was great to have the holiday to look forward to as we got through the end of S....
I noticed S... and his big brother T... were much closer on our return and playing and
cuddling in the car to the ferry which was really special as it had been difficult for T... when
S... was suddenly so different after his surgery and couldn't move or speak.
The sailing was an incredibly empowering experience and T.... felt so confident and proud
to be helming the boat himself!
S.... was showing great physical improvements when we got home and seemed to really
enjoy the whole trip, the island and meeting lots of people.
It has been a great preparation for starting school this year and I think for all of us after such an intense, isolated year it was great to shake ourselves out of the routines and be somewhere new.”
“Time for deep conversations.
Time to breathe.
Time to be in a very natural environment was amazing for us all.
From the booking this holiday was a wonderful thing to look forward to. A beacon in times of uncertainty.”
Please donate if you can. Upcoming fundraising events include:
A spoof calendar for 2018 featuring some of Jasper friends. Please get in touch by email or our website at www.jasperkingtrust.org to order a calendar.
On Saturday 24th Feb 2018, we are running a fundraising night at Summerhall in Edinburgh. Huge raffle prizes, a music session and more.
Sarahs fabulous 'Pittwiff' natural deodorant will also be available for re-order this coming autumn.
Thanks again for your donation.
All the best to you, Sharon King and the JKT board.