The Ivy Barclay Foundation

The
Ivy Barclay
Foundation

Helping families with the unexpected loss of a child

Our Purpose

The Ivy Barclay Foundation is committed to supporting parents and siblings who have lost a child in sudden circumstances. By providing guidance, community, and comfort, we want to make sure families experiencing the unthinkable don’t feel alone.

In Memory of Ivy

On the 27th of June 2021, we tragically lost our beautiful Ivy in an accident in our garden.

The shock, trauma, and grief we experienced (and continue to experience) cannot be described, and we faced the darkest time of our lives. In the immediate aftermath, while we had a lot of support from friends and the local community, we didn’t receive any official support from government bodies or other charities.

Because this tragedy happened in the midst of the COVID pandemic, our family in the UK were also unable to fly over to provide support.

It was then we realised there was a need for a foundation like ours, as while there is support for childhood deaths caused by illness, motor vehicle accidents, drowning or suicide, there is little to no support available for sudden, accidental deaths.

We didn’t want any other families to feel as alone and forgotten as we did following the awful day we lost our gorgeous girl.

And so we created the Ivy Barclay Foundation in Ivy’s memory – to help other families dealing with the unexpected loss of a child.

What We Do

Care Packages

To allow families to feel supported following the tragedy, we provide them with a Care Package to help them with everyday life.

Please let us know if this is something we can help with.

Future Plans

Online Support Groups

We want to offer continued support to families through our online groups.

Grieving parents have very few places they can turn for effective, ongoing support.

We would like to incorporate qualified professionals such as Grief Counsellors / Psychologists and Social workers.

These support groups will allow families to connect and share their stories, so they feel heard.

Retreats and Respite Accommodation

The Foundation’s future plan is to build a retreat for families to stay, connect and look at different therapies addressing grief and trauma holistically.

We would like to incorporate qualified professionals such as Grief Counsellors / Psychologists and Social workers.

This accommodation will also be offered as respite accommodation for families as well as host more specific camps such as camps for siblings.

Supporting Families

A community helping one another

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Community Events

Busselton Golf Club

At the recent 2022 West Coast Open at the Busselton Golf Club $10 per entrant was donated to The Ivy Barclay Foundation.

All monies raised will go into the care for and support of families following the unexpected loss of a child.

If you have an event coming up and you would like to support a worthy cause, please get in touch.

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Community Party

Ivy was very much immersed within our local community from a young age as a performing artist and a wildlife carer. Ivy also had many friends.

With Ivy’s sudden and unexpected passing we knew it would have left a whole community shocked and saddened.

With so many friends that never got a chance to say goodbye, and with Ivy’s funeral service a more intimate affair, it stood to reason that Ivy should be celebrated at a community party.

We were overwhelmed at the team effort that was made to pull off a huge party with some two to three hundred party guests.

It was thanks to the community that this happened, everyone rallied round with catering, entertainment and everything else in between.

As the sun began to set that evening all of the children scattered petals into the ocean to honour Ivy. The beach being a firm favourite of Ivy’s where she spent a lot of her childhood.

Community Party gathering
Community Party show
Community Party by the beach

Odd Socks Day

Ivy was renowned for wearing “odd socks”. Once Ivy passed, her fellow dance students at Leeuwin College of Performance wore “odd socks” to dance in honour of Ivy.

With this in mind, on Ivy’s first anniversary we asked members of the community to wear their odd socks.

Not only did this honour our beautiful girl but with the Foundation only just in its infancy, this raised awareness for the charity and what we intended to do.

This event turned into a fundraiser and we got quite a few businesses, childcare centers and schools on board and raised some much needed funds.

This was the charity’s first official fundraiser and we were overwhelmed at the community’s response. We hope to make “Odd Sock Day For Ivy” an annual community event.

Odd Socks Day feet
Odd Socks Day legs
Odd Socks Day girls

Get Involved

Fundraise

There are a number of different ways you can raise money for the Ivy Barclay Foundation, including hosting a Silly Sock Day at your school, organising a charity walk, or holding a trivia night.

Connect with us to find out how.

Donate

All donations can make a big difference.

You can choose to donate however much you can afford – we are appreciative of all donations no matter their size.

Tax-Deductible Donations - More Details

The Ivy Barclay Foundation inc, is a registered charity, sub-type public benevolent institution, and has DGR status so your donation will be tax deductible.

Every time you donate to charity you perform a special act of kindness and compassion that can make a real difference to someone in their time of need.

The Australian government supports charitable giving by offering a tax deduction for some types of donations. These donations can reduce the amount of income tax you have to pay when you file your tax return.

How to reduce your income tax with donations

You can claim a tax deduction for donations of $2 or more, as long as these donations are made to an organisation that has been endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) as a deductible gift recipient (DGR).

Only certain donations qualify for a tax deduction. You cannot claim a deduction if you receive a personal benefit for your donation (for example if you buy a raffle ticket, buy merchandise or pay to attend a gala event).

The ATO provides more information about gifts and donations.

Partner

Are you a business looking to partner with a charity to provide support?

We are open to partnerships with businesses looking to support a worthy cause.

Get in touch for more information on how we can work together.

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Sponsors

West Australian Alternative Energy

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De Freitas Ryan Commercial

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Myelec Electrical Wholesalers

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About Ivy

Ivy Barclay

Ivy was just nine years old at the time of her passing, and was renowned for her caring and compassionate nature.

Ivy had hundreds of friends, from babies to the elderly, many of whom were outsiders and felt they didn’t fit in – until they met Ivy.

Ivy hated to see people and animals suffering, and we know that she would approve of this charity we have founded in her honour.

Ivy left a positive impression on those she met with her sparkling energy, and was a vivacious spirit who always stuck up for the underdog.

A free spirit, Ivy adored time in nature, relished beach days, and had a vivid imagination which was frequently demonstrated through her love for art.

She was a wildlife carer, dancer, actress, and acrobat and a self-confessed tomboy who loved spending time with her buddies.

Ivy is sorely missed and never forgotten.

Ivy Barclay at the beach

The Barclay family

The Barclay family (Sarah, Simon, Jemima and Solomon) love the outdoors, caring for animals, and relish spending time together as a family. They love to travel and continue to do so in honour of Ivy, as one of the things she loved most was to travel and enjoy new experiences.

The caring family is passionate about supporting others and the community where possible.

The Barclay family are advocates for the environment and this is demonstrated through the ownership and management of their successful renewable energy company, which they founded in 2006.

Ivy Barclay Family

Resources

We have included two taster videos for you to try out, one being a ten minute guided meditation and another a thirty minute Yin Yoga practice.

Guided Meditation

Meditation is so beneficial and can give people a sense of peace, calm and inner balance. Benefiting your emotional wellbeing and your overall health.
You can use meditation to relax and cope with stress by refocusing your attention on something calming.

This guided meditation focuses on support for families who are grieving.

Yin Yoga

Yin yoga is more of a passive style of Yoga, ideal if you are exhausted from grief, shock and trauma. Yoga allows us to sit with the grief and yet at the same time create a space whereby you are connected to the present. Yoga is a great form of self care that can be practiced in the comfort of your own home.

This half-hour yoga session provides release and relief for families who are grieving.

Griefline

Griefline supports anyone experiencing grief, providing free phone support services nationwide, 7 days a week.

Call the toll-free helpline or visit the website for more information.

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We would like to acknowledge the Wadandi people of the Undalup nation, and pay our respect to Elders both past, present, and future.

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