Our writing competition is open to all 6-18 year olds and is part of our Awareness and Action Campaign 2016.

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 for 2016, organ donation. 

If you would like your school/library/youth club to be involved please contact us and in the Summer 2016 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 for 2016!

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

​​‘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.

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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



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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.








The Jemima Layzell Trust

Helping young people with brain  injury make their lives better.

Registered Charity Number: 1163173