Our Story

How it all started

Tragically in March 2015 our son suddenly died one night, not more than 24 hours after our daughter, Jubilee, was born the day before. It was such a massively hard time for us as a family dealing with the joy of Jubilee’s birth and the death of Jethro.

Ruth and Tony
Jethro Courage

This charity was set up in memory of Jethro Courage. We want to celebrate who he was and to pass on the experience of love and support we’ve had as grieving parents. We found it really difficult to get through days and to create a fun time for children who are still with us who are also grieving.

As a grieving parent we know how hard it is to sometimes just get out of the house. One day we decided to go to Paultons Park after running out of ideas to entertain the kids. After such a successful day we decided to buy an annual pass for the theme park. Later on in the year we marked what would have been Jethro’s 2nd birthday by spending a few days as a family at Legoland.

Therapy Through Theme Parks

For us we found spending a few days together as a family away from everything incredibly helpful and so we created ‘Therapy Through Theme Parks’ which offers similar support for families in similar situations. This will be a way of providing days out, weekends away and annual passes to fun and exciting attractions around the country.

The aim is to support bereaved children and their families to:

  • Have fun! (provided for you without needing any energy or emotional investment to make it happen!)
  • Make new memories!
  • Mark and remember their special person who has died
  • Know that as a family you can get through and keep on going.

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