The Marion Bennathan Memorial Fund
“We are delighted that Marion’s legacy continues through the work of nurtureuk and now the Marion Bennathan Memorial Fund. Marion was as passionate about the staff who run nurture groups as the children whose lives are transformed through them. She would often tell us anecdotes about brilliant and dedicated nurture group staff and their insights into the children. We could not ask for a more fitting legacy than this fund which will help provide the urgently needed training of teaching professionals to support children with social emotional and mental health difficulties.”
- Joel Bennathan QC
Marion Bennathan was the Honorary Life President of nurtureuk but her role in our charity and the world of nurture extended far beyond this title. Through her tireless work and devotion to the advancement of the nurture movement, many vulnerable children and young people have been equipped with the tools necessary to engage in and enjoy their learning, allowing them to excel in their education. Marion was extremely ambitious about reaching as many pupils in need of nurturing interventions as possible. In 2011, she was awarded an OBE for her services to special education and developing nurtureuk, formally known as The Nurture Group Network. The legacy that remains because of her hard work means that she will always be known as a pioneer of nurture.
We must continue what Marion started. Thousands of children are still struggling within mainstream education due to their social, emotional and mental health difficulties acting as barriers to their learning. We want to remove these barriers and ensure every child can acess the inclusive and nurturing education they are entitled to, as was Marion’s vision. We need teaching staff who are well adept at managing the detrimental cognitive, affective or behavioural styles exhibited by these pupils. The Marion Bennathan Memorial Fund exists to support the continuing professional development of low income teaching staff to learn about the nurturing approach and support children with social, emotional and mental health difficulties throughout the UK. Teaching staff benefitting from the fund will enable children to believe in themselves and what they can achieve in their education. Their needs will be better understood and prioritised and they will be supported back into mainstream classroom education.
You can donate to the fund through JustGiving or you can even raise money for the fund - a great idea would be to hold a bake sale in your school/workplace or a sponsored sports challenge. We are also selling books from Marion's personal collection on AbeBooks to raise money for the fund. All donations are recognised as a celebration of Marion’s life and will allow us to transform the life chances of vulnerable children, so that they may flourish into confident members of society for years to come.
The fund will be open for applications in the near future.