Who we are
The ALMT offers support to families with children who are managing grief when someone important in their lives has suddenly and unexpectedly died or where a parent is dying.
Support is provided by an experienced support team led by Jenni Thomas who was awarded the OBE for her pioneering bereavement work in Britain. Nicki Whitworth and Celine Pearson are working alongside Jenni in supporting families.
Jenni has been listening to and learning from grieving parents and children over four decades. She founded the national Child Bereavement Charity (now known as Child Bereavement UK) in 1994, was Chief Executive and then President until 2009. In 2002 she was awarded the OBE in recognition of her work with the charity and the NHS. Jenni trained as a counsellor whilst working on the Special Care Baby Unit in the NHS. She has worked with the Chief medical Officer and Department of Health and is a member of the Royal College of Nursing.
Through the NHS and the Child Bereavement Charity she has devised and run pioneering training programmes for professional clinicians, caregivers and volunteers who are in contact with grieving families. Jenni has written publications for professionals and families in this field and received an honorary doctorate from Buckinghamshire New University in 2007 for her contribution to bereavement education.
Nicki has been working with groups and individuals as a therapist for over 20 years. She facilitated groups at the Denbigh Centre Therapeutic Community in Kensington as well as in the community. She was a lecturer and tutor counsellor at The Lantern Trust, providing training for health professionals on the "Life, Death and Loss" course for the Open University. In 2007 she co-founded a support group for bereaved parents, and facilitates the "Reflect, Restore, Renew" retreat for bereaved parents with Jenni.
Nicki works on the National Child Death helpline and trains new volunteers for this service. She holds a Certificate in Counselling Skills from Birkbeck College, University of London.
Celine Pearson worked in the NHS for over 35 years and has a BSc Hons in Nursing with Oncology from the Royal Marsden Hospital.
Over the last 20 years Celine has acquired extensive experience in palliative care and bereavement support for families and individuals both in a hospital and community setting. She is a qualified Counsellor and is currently undertaking a Masters Degree in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy in London.