The ELY Memorial Fund
The E.L.Y. Memorial Fund supports families in Herefordshire who lose a son or daughter, aged between 17 and 25, in a road traffic collision. This year (2019), they’re planning to carry out more road safety training as well as raise funds to help more families.
On the 30th September 2010 the police knocked at Ange & Steve Tyler’s door, bringing harrowing news. Their only daughter Emma Louise Young, just 23 years old, had died in a car crash on the road between Ledbury and Hereford.
The emotional turmoil brought financial challenges. Emma died Intestate and without life insurance. Emma’s funeral cost almost £5,000 and in this instance, her Nan was able to help, but many people find themselves with no financial support whatsoever.
The E.L.Y Memorial Fund was founded in memory of Emma, for the purpose of offering a one-off condolence gift towards funeral costs up to £3,000 to help families in Herefordshire if they lose a son or daughter, aged between 17 to 25, in a road traffic collision.
For the past four years, Angela Tyler has worked alongside the Hereford & Worcester Fire & Rescue Service to deliver the Dying 2 Drive programme. Aimed at giving key road safety messages to 15 and 16 year olds, Angela shares her own experience with the young people and she will be taking part again this March.
Building on this, the charity is now planning a Young Driver Experience day for 15 and 16 year olds who may be thinking of driving in the near future. They will be introduced to the basics of driving in a controlled environment, with a local driving school and team of instructors. As part of a pilot scheme, 24 students will take part in the event over three days.
‘We hope that such a scheme will be supported’ says Angela, ‘and will continue to be delivered several times a year to see long term benefits for Herefordshire.’
The importance of the charity’s work was brought home in the first four months of last year, when they helped four families with funeral costs for their children. To continue this work, a lot of fundraising is needed.
Every year The ELY 100 cycle challenge takes place, with four routes of up to 100 kilometres, plus a 10k family ride. It will be taking place this year on Sunday 23rd June 2019.
The Charity Golf Day takes place at Burghill Valley Golf Club, which last year raised £3,200. This year’s event takes place on Saturday 20th July 2019.
Towards the end of the year, on 23rd November 2019, the charity’s bi-annual Charity Ball takes place at Alexander Park near Ledbury.
The E.L.Y. Memorial Fund was set up as a Charitable Company on the 13th August 2012, registered charity no. 1148535.