The Moira Fund
1538. Bea Jones
Bea Jones, from Staffordshire, founded 'The Moira Fund' in memory of her daughter Moira Jones, who was murdered in Glasgow in May 2008, to support others facing bereavement through violent death at the hands of another.
‘The Moira Fund’ provides grants to individuals who have been referred through official organisations, the Police and Victim Support, and to charities which care for families who have lost a loved one through murder or manslaughter. Bea’s campaigning has also led to the launch of a Scottish Homicide Service in 2019, which provides murder victims’ families with a dedicated case worker, and has brought Scottish Government funding in line with existing provision available in England and Wales.
In a personal letter to Bea, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:
“After the sheer darkness of losing Moira, you have found an inspiring way of honouring her memory by helping other families like yours. Your work through ‘The Moira Fund’ provides emotional and practical support to those whose lives have been devastated by murder or manslaughter. It is a wonderful tribute to Moira.”
“I am delighted to receive this award on behalf of the many hundreds of generous supporters who, over 11 years, have enabled us to help more than 1000 families nationwide who are struggling to cope, financially as well as emotionally, with the loss of a loved one through murder.”