Simply Child Safe Magazine Editor
About Denise Fergus (formerly Bulger), editor of Simply Childsafe magazine
Denise Fergus, avid campaigner and mother of Kirsty, James, Michael, Thomas and Leon, and patron of The James Bulger Memorial Trust, a charity set up in her son’s name to help families caught in a similar situation she endured as a grieving mother.
Throughout her life Denise has always helped children. As a child she raised money at school and as an adult, both before and after her son James’ brutal murder, she continues to do so.
Denise’s first daughter, Kirsty, was sadly still-born. Some time later, in 1990, she had a beautiful boy whom she named James Patrick Bulger. Her bliss was short-lived when, in 1993, just one month before James’s third birthday, she was thrust into the world’s media spotlight after he was abducted and later found murdered and abandoned on the railway tracks of Walton, Liverpool.
Through help from family and friends, Denise finally learned to cope with the tragedy and pledged to help children and their parents by establishing The James Bulger Memorial Trust (JBMT).
Denise is now remarried with three lovely sons and continues to receive messages of sympathy and support from people all over the world.
About the JBMT
On 16th March 2011, what should have marked James’ 21st birthday, Denise officially launched the JBMT and opened its holiday home, James Bulger House, for children and families in distress.
Since launching, the JBMT has helped over 60 families (at time of writing) with a free holiday at the James Bulger House where they can regroup, recharge and relax in beautiful surroundings away from the immediacy of trauma.
In addition, the charity can steer families to other charities and services that can help in other ways.
Here is a brief description of what the James Bulger Memorial Trust sets out to do:
To benefit and support young people who are disadvantaged by reason of having become the victims of crime, bereavement, hatred or bullying. To reward those who are judged to have shown exemplary conduct, making a positive contribution to the welfare of others, or society in general.
To do so by providing a cost-free holiday accommodation for such children and their families; along with a range of other tangible rewards, as deemed appropriate by the Trustees or their appointed representatives, and to support other organisations benefiting children in similar circumstances, as deemed appropriate by the Trustees.
Nominate a family
If you would like to nominate a family please visit forjames.org for more information.
James Bulger House can accommodate up to 6 people (including the nominated child).
The James Bulger Memorial Trust is a registered charity (No.1141125).
James Bulger JustGiving page: www.justgiving.com/jamesbulgermemorialtrust