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Michelle's Story


This charity was formed by a small group of friends in memory of Michelle Jurd, who tragically died in 2009 aged 41 in a terrible car accident. Leaving behind two beautiful little girls, aged 2 and 4 and her husband, Neil Jurd.


Michelle had served as an RAF officer, flying Puma helicopters in various operations around the world, including the Mozambique flood response, and the Kosovo and Iraq campaigns.  In both conflicts, she flew in the first wave of the helicopters over the border.

After her RAF career Michelle concentrated on family life, with her husband Neil, and her 2 young daughters, settling in Cumbria in 2007. Michelle loved Cumbria, loved to travel, loved adventure, and wanted her own children to live life as fully as possibly. Neil was an army officer until 2009, which is why our charity is committed to supporting both RAF and army charities.



The Michelle Jurd Trust has Michelle’s ethos of living life to the full, and seeking meaningful adventure at it’s very core, enabling great opportunities for thousands of young people, whilst also supporting former service people in need. These are things Michelle believed in so fully, and whilst nothing can ever compensate for the loss of such a wonderful person, we feel connected to her every time a child experiences a new adventure, or a service person finds their new purpose in life.

For Michelle. For the Children. For the Service personnel. For Cumbria.