Welcome to the Beer-Harris Memorial Trust (formerly The Dominic Beer Memorial Trust)

The trust makes grants either to community based projects or to research projects that are for the benefit of people experiencing mental health issues. There is an emphasis (but not exclusive) on patients suffering from severe mental illness.

Our name changed (as of 2018) but our commitment has not! The change of name was for a very good reason and it is part of strengthening our charity’s aim to promote well being amongst people who suffer from mental illness.

In 2013, Dr Dominic Beer, psychiatrist and leading light in the field of ‘Challenging Behaviour’ (patients suffering severe mental illness) died. This charity was set up in his name and among our Trustees was Dominic’s nephew, Joseph Harris was a young man who cared passionately for the wellbeing of his peers and especially for those suffering from mental health issues. He was one of the Trust’s main fundraisers until his tragic death in November 2017. As a tribute to his memory, and in recognition of his service to the Trust and his aspirations for what the Trust might achieve the Trustees agreed to change the name of the Trust.

Since Joseph's death, many of his friends and other connections have been generously and enthusiastically involved in participating and organising fundraising activities. This has not only positively impacted donations but has also brought a sense of togetherness and community. The change of name has therefore in part symbolised a broadening of the trust's reach and communal aspect.

We have a facebook page with updates on our activity and mental health related info.

Unless otherwise specified, photos displayed on our site are original. This includes abstract artwork from Dominic Beer.



October 2020 Newsletter

The Trust have been producing monthly newsletters, including latest fundraising activity and supported projects. Our latest newsletter is available HERE to read and subscribe!

BHMT Spring 2020 Trust Update

Focus Magazine Spring Press Release!

Mental health will be even more of an issue than ever
During Covid-19, the Trustees of the BHMT realise that mental health will be more of an issue than ever, therefore we feel it is necessary to reassure everyone of our on-going commitment to the core values and objectives of the Trust.

On Sunday 26th April the Trust and supporters took part in the nationwide 2.6 Challenge to help save the UK's charities, raising over £11,000!

Supported projects
During this time, priority will be given to charities with whom we already have connection and organisations who support local farmers with mental health issues, in view of the recent unprecedented pressure on farmers. In April, BHMT agreed to commit funds towards supporting Oakleaf charity through the current crisis. Please read here for more info.

Miranda's Blog
Trustee Miranda Harris' blog about fundraising, mental health and personal reflections on loss ebbsmiranda.wordpress.com

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The Beer-Harris Memorial Trust (formerly The Dominic Beer Memorial Trust) is a registered charity in England (1155652)