On Monday 19th July 2021, St Thomas More students took part in ‘A Mile for Joel’ by walking two laps of the school grounds. This initiative supports families who are victims of murder and terrorism.
About Smile for Joel: After losing three very precious family members in June 2015, during the Tunisian terror attacks our supportive loyal and loving family will never be the same. We are shattered, broken and every day is a colossal struggle for not having them here with us.To go from a family of six to three is an unbearable pain and has left an emptiness that we know will never go away. In the midst of this heartache I am determined to stand strong for my remaining family and like any Mom would I want to strive to make Owen’s life the best I can, especially after he was the sole survivor in my family on that fateful day.
I am also determined to not let the lives of my son Joel, my dad Pat and my brother Ade be forgotten. I want their names and beautiful caring ways to live on forever through their legacy. I want to make a difference in their name for others who have experienced losing someone they love in such a heart-breaking way.
My son and I decided, we want to make a difference so SmileForJoel was set up as a fund raising charity to support and help shattered/ broken families who are victims of traumatic bereavement through homicide. We give direct to families the support that they desperately need. This support is very diverse, from time out for family breaks, special counselling, help with purchases of gifts or that special gift to a family to show them someone does care.
Not every family has the love and support we have had from our family and friends and even now we continue to have from our family, friends and our community.