We are delighted to announce the Jacob Abraham Foundation as the first winner of The Maltings’ Community Money Box funding.
The Jacob Abraham Foundation is a charity dedicated to raising awareness and supporting those affected by mental health and suicide and was established in October 2015 by Nicola Abraham following the death of her son, Jacob. From the outside, Jacob was a happy, popular, athletic young man with a supportive and loving family, but two years ago took his own life.
Charity Trustee and Jacob’s cousin, Olivia Gaskell, explained why she applied for funding from The Maltings’ Community Money Box: “Jacob was just 24 years old with his whole life ahead of him, but unfortunately none of us saw the signs.
“After watching and going through the devastation, we realised more needs to be done to help others affected by suicide and mental health. After the heartbreak, my aunty, who is so courageous, has put her grief into supporting young people suffering from anxiety, depression and feelings of despair.”
Gareth Oram, Operations Manager of The Maltings, said: “We received an overwhelming response to our campaign with applications from groups across South Wales. We chose the Jacob Abraham Foundation to receive the £250 as the work they do really does make a difference to the local community. The charity not only supports bereaved families affected by suicide, but runs preventative programmes to try to stop people feeling like suicide is an option and also educates the public to spot the signs of mental health.
“We wish Nicola and Olivia and the other trustees the best of luck with the amazing work they are doing.”
To find out more about the Jacob Abraham Foundation and how you can support them, visit jacobsfoundation.org.uk.