The Rosie Crane Trust

Patron:  Mrs Louise Chapman

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I started the Rosie Crane Trust in October 2006, two years after the death of my daughter, Rosie, at 23 as a result of developing leukaemia.  I was contacted by two other parents who had lost children; we met up and found it was a great relief and help to talk about what had happened, our thoughts, memories and concerns.  I decided to start a support group and launched the trust at a party in memory of Rosie, as there was nothing she loved more than to be with family and friends.


The trust offers a confidential 'listening ear' service where trained, volunteer bereaved parents answer the telephone to other bereaved parents who need someone to talk to.  We also hold monthly support group drop-in centres in Yeovil and Taunton where bereaved parents can meet informally and talk to others who have similar experiences to them in a safe, confidential environment.  Our befriending service enables parents who have lost a child through similar circumstances to help and support each other.  Subsidised counselling may also be considered.


I have found from my own experience, and that of others, the immense value of being able to talk to people who can really understand and empathise with what you have been through.  Very little support is available for parents, especially if their son or daughter was an adult when they died.


Carol Crane

Chair of the Rosie Crane Trust


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  • Richard's Virgin London Marathon 2014

    Richard Mackrory has very kindly chosen to support the Rosie Crane Trust when he runs in the Virgin London Marathon on 13th April 2014. Richard is an...

  • Grief Journey South Somerset

    This new support group, generously sponsored by A E Stoodley and Son, has completed its first six week programme in Crewkerne, providing support and r...

  • Cookery Book

    We are very pleased to have the support of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall for our new cookery book. Hugh is very kindly giving us one of his recipes to i...

  • New Leaflet Design

    The trustees have been working hard on designing a new leaflet which we hope will convey the ethos of the Rosie Crane Trust and help to raise awarenes...

  • Pampered Chef Party

    Carol Rice kindly held a very successful Pampered Chef Party on Wednesday 29th January in aid of the Trust. There were cookery demonstrations of simp...

  • Cascade of Coffee Mornings

    We would like to continue our very successful Cascade of Coffee Mornings this year. If you or any of your friends would like to hold a coffee morning...

  • Stories

    Thank you to all the parents who have written their very moving stories for our display and website. I hope they will help other parents relate to th...

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    We were very grateful to receive a donation of £111 from the staff at Agusta Westland Procurement and Supply Chain who so generously supported the Tr...

  • Isle Abbots PCC

    We would like to say a huge thank you to Gaynor and Peter Watts and all at Isle Abbots PCC for their very generous donation of £100 to the Trust. Th...

  • Candle Lighting

    At both our Taunton and Yeovil Drop-in Centre meetings in December we held a small candle lighting ceremony in memory of the sons and daughters we hav...

  • Ilminster Christmas Tree Festival

    This beautiful and moving festival at The Minster, Ilminster, from Monday December 9th - Saturday December 14th was well attended and the Trust receiv...

  • Christmas Craft Fair

    A Christmas Craft Fair was held on Sunday 1st December at Horton Village Hall and we took along our ever popular tombola which raised an amazing £150...

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We support bereaved parents through their grief after the loss of a son or daughter of any age and offer the following services:



The Drop-in Centres provide an informal, friendly, safe and confidential place where parents can meet others who can really understand and empathise with them.


"Just walking into the Drop-in Centre, I can feel the cloud beginning to lift from my shoulders" - Noreen

"What a good morning, stress levels back to normal" - Carla


Our 24 hour Listening Ear Helpline is staffed by trained, volunteer bereaved parents who can give you support, assurance, friendship and most importantly, someone able and willing to listen to you.


"I would encourage anyone who is struggling with the loss of a child to seek support from this very special Trust" - Sue