‘Jennifer’ charity up for top award

A CHARITY set up by a bereaved father and son has been nominated for an award.

James Edgington and his 56-year-old father, Graham, launched The Jennifer Charity to help widowed fathers and their families.

When James, aged 29, was just 16 months old his mother, Jennifer, died in a car crash in snow, in Crompton Way.

Now their charity has been shortlisted in the “hero in the community” category at The Flame Awards.

Singer and actor James, from Harwood, who shot to fame with his dad as Father and Son on Britain’s Got Talent, said: “The Jennifer Charity is a massive passion of mine, having co-founded it.

“Being recognised and nominated for an award at the Flame Awards is incredible and we are really excited for the event.”

The first Flame Awards, in association with the International Fire and Rescue Association, will celebrate the efforts of UK-based community groups, volunteers, charities, schools and the emergency services.

The winners will be revealed at an awards ceremony, hosted by former Coronation Street actress, Celebrity Big Brother 2012 winner and Loose Women star Denise Welch, at the Hilton Manchester on Friday.

The Jennifer Charity, which was founded in 2010, provides a support network for fathers across the country.

It has put in place respite care for families, as well as help to provide psychological and bereavement support.

A main aim of the charity is to support young children with no memory of their mothers, a psychological battle James has had to deal with, and plans are in place for the charity to support these youngsters as they grow up. James is also on a mission to secure research funding for the charity.

Other awards to be given out at The Flame Awards include the Anti-Bullying Award, Zetron Teamwork Award and CAPITA 999 Award.

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