The charity was founded in 2018 in memory of Mark Knapp, a much-loved husband and father of 2 young children, who died very suddenly and unexpectedly.
Mark made such a positive impact on so many lives that we felt driven to set up this charity to honour his memory and to improve support for those so will follow in our footsteps.
Made a Mark is registered with the Charity Commission in England and Wales and is a no-salary charity, run soley by volunteers for the public benefit.
Why we set up Made A Mark
Whilst the care that Mark received in hospital was excellent, we were left feeling that the support for the children in that setting simply wasn’t there. It really was difficult to know what to do, where to turn to and how best to talk to the children about what had happened. From talking to others, it became clear that our experience was not an isolated one.
We hope that our experiences of navigating the stormy waters of grief together can help others who find themselves walking this challenging path.
The charity is a way for us to help other families take opportunities that were missed for us, by providing memory boxes and supporting materials to acute hospitals and hospices, which can be given to children and their families following a loss. We can also consider applications to fund training for professional staff in supporting bereaved children
We make links with other child berevament charities and will consider applications for financial support for those providing memory making experiences for children and their families following loss.
If you would like to help us with our aim to supply memory boxes, support staff through better training and funding memory making experiences for bereaved families, we would love to hear from you.