Helping young people with brain  injury make their lives better.

Registered Charity Number: 1163173 









The Jemima Layzell Trust

Tyler sustained injury to his frontal lobe when falling onto his head from a height. He is now struggling with behavioural and cognitive issues.

Who have we helped so far?

From hospital equipment, to dark rooms and iPads we're proud of how much we've raised the last few years so that we've been able to help children with brain injury.

All our children are referred by either their occupational therapist. nurses and doctors on the euro-rehab ward at Bristol Children's hospital. Or other charities like Marthacare (now part of the Wallace and Gromit Grand Appeal) Child Brain Injury Trust and the British Institute for Brain Injured Children.​

Ethan was not only born prematurely along with his twin, but suffered a stroke in-utero leaving him with sensory and behavioural problems. The Trust have match funded his treatment for two years.


Our annual writing competition is open to all 6-18 year olds and is part of our Awareness and Action Campaign.

The Jemima Layzell Trust wish to reach young people aged 8-16 via creative writing to help them foster a love of literacy in all forms while raising awareness for the Trust in particular  organ donation. 

If you would like your school/library/youth club to be involved please contact us  we will be linking schools with published authors who are local to their area to come and run a creative writing workshop. 

Contact us NOW to get your name on our list!

Jemima's family accepted the Order of St John for Organ Donation on her behalf in September 2015.

 Harry was shot in the head by an air rifle leaving him with partial blindness and extensive brain damage. The Trust donated a dark den and sensory equipment to encourage him to develop through play.

£12, 500.00 towards a new EEG machine. This device allows nurses and doctors to continuously monitor critically ill children’s brain activity following neurosurgery. 

Wear A Flower

Join the Poldark stars, Martin Clunes and Michael Palin to highlight the damage caused by brain injury by taking part in our #wearaflower campaign. 

Visit our gallery to see all the schools and businesses who have taken part so far.

2017 is a particularly special year as we mark the 5th anniversary of Jemima's death and if you are local to Somerset, we invite you to come an make flowers out of recycled plastic bottles during the Taunton Live arts festival at Castle Green 27th-30th July. We aim to plant as many flowers as possible in memory of all our loved ones. 

No need to book, just call in between 10am and 4pm.

If you can't make it then do make one at home, follow our instruction sheet that you can download here. Don't forget to send us your pics and we will tweet and Facebook them.

Following a viral temperature Charlotte was diagnosed with global ischemic encephalopathy and has cortical visual impairment.  The Trust  donated an ipad and bubble machine to aid her recovery. 

How Can You Help?


You can help us fundraise as equipment, especially hospital equipment is very expensive.

So far people have run marathons, held sports days, latin dancing, and wear a flower days. Every penny adds up, and as we are a small, voluntary charity, every penny goes to children with brain injury.

Our wearaflower days are very popular with schools as they can include, face painting, cake decorating as well as competitions like who can make the longest daisy chain, and who can stick the most flowers in their hair!

Buy The Draft

The Draft is Jemima's one and only book that chronicles her life in her own words from between the ages of 8 and 13. 

Buying The Draft spreads Jemima's story and brings awareness for her charity and also profit as the funds are divided 50/50 between the Trust and Jemima's sister Amelia.

Host a Talk / assembly

We are very happy to come and talk to your school or group about our work and can stay with you for anything from 10 minutes an hour. We can focus on brain injury or organisation or both. Please contact us for more details.

​​‘We all have our stories to tell. This is Jemima's first and last and because of that so important to all of us who read it now.  This is her life.’  Michael Morpurgo

'I think it's the most beautiful, touching, heartbreaking book.' Jacqueline Wilson

Jemima's diary is about real people and real  situations.   This book contains her innermost thoughts as she grew into a teenager.  It shows that dreams can come true, even after death.   Jemima was an unwitting heroine, leaving a powerful legacy: she willing chose to donate her organs after her deaths, which have helped to save a staggering eight people’s lives.

Writing Competition

The draft


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‘Dedicated to all those who have made the world a better place , and those who never had a chance to. Thank you’ 

                                                Jemima Layzell


The Trust is comprised of  family, friends, and parents of Jemima’s friends. All shattered by our loss and channelling our love into making the world a better place on Jemima’s behalf.

Organ Donation

Jemima saved the lives of eight people and restored the sight of three. Five of the recipients were children and what’s so important is that children can usually only receive transplants from other children.


I in 50 people will develop an aneurism, 40% of these will die.
 4 out of 7 people surviving a bleed will have disabilities. Accurate early diagnosis is critical.

The Jemima Layzell Trust is a registered Charity set up to help young people with brain injury. Jemima collapsed on Saturday 12th March 2012 and died four days later of a ruptured giant aneurism . She was 13 and just beginning to blossom in confidence and enjoy this crazy world.

After her death her parents spent hours going through her things, looking for clues and signs as to why she had died so young. They didn’t find answers, but they did find over 20 notebooks and diaries in her bedside cupboard.  When struggling to write an eulogy at her funeral her mother chose an extract from the most recent diary which Jemima had called ’The Draft’ .

This elicited a tremendously positive response . It took a year to type and edit the diaries, and then finally they were published through Amazon. Endorsements from Michael Morpurgo and Jacqueline Wilson have ensured ‘The Draft’ continues to sell slowly and steadily.