Our Charity Objectives

Our Objectives Are Simple:


Children Are Butterflies work for the public benefit to relieve some of the burden to families in times of emotional and financial hardship following the death of a child.

Our principal objectives are:

  1. The provision of financial relief to families in the UK who are in the unfortunate position of having to organise the funeral of a child. This relief comes in the form of Funeral Disbursements Grants.

  2. Promotion of the Charity and the work we do, to increase the awareness and understanding of the plight that bereaved families find themselves in, particularly to Funeral and Health Professionals.

  3. To build a “Butterfly Community” and encourage mutual support through frank and open discussion between families with similar experiences, in a safe and welcoming environment.


We will achieve these objectives with the following measures:

  1. Provision of financial relief will be granted only:
    1. For funerals of children under the age of 18 years.
    2. To families resident in the UK – England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
    3. Upon receipt of an application form that has been completed in full, with all the disbursements listed and verified by the family’s Funeral Director.
    4. In respect of Standard Funeral Disbursements.
      1. Standard funeral disbursements are: Church fees, minister fees, organist fees, cemetery fees, crematorium fees, doctors’ fees.
        (It is usual for these fees to be waived or reduced for a child’s funeral.)
      2. Standard funeral disbursements ARE NOT: Funeral Director professional fees, funeral printing, vehicles, flowers, press notices, memorials, catering and anything else, considered by the trustees, not to be essential to a basic funeral.
    5. To a maximum value capped at £1000 per funeral.
  2. Promotion of the Charity will be achieved by:
    1. An active presence on social media.
    2. An informative and effective website.
    3. Publicity within the Funeral Industry.
    4. Publicity within Bereavement Services.
    5. Exploiting opportunities within the media.
    6. Word of Mouth.
  3. The “Butterfly Community” will be encouraged through:
    1. The existing forum on the website.
    2. The Annual Butterfly Release, and other events local to Northampton.
    3. Support to those in the wider Butterfly Community who may wish to organise events in other areas.
    4. A “closed” Facebook Group.


Do you need to know more about the support on offer? Read about our Support Network.


Do you need to know more about our financial support? Read about Funeral Assistance.


Want to know more about the background to Children Are Butterflies?
Read a Message From Ann.