Founder and CEO of Luna Foundation, a social enterprise dedicated to transforming the support for children after suicide
Anna Wardley is an endurance swimmer, motivational speaker, and Founder and CEO of Luna Foundation, a social enterprise dedicated to transforming the support for children after suicide. Anna’s dad, Ralph, took his own life when she was nine and that loss had a profound impact on both her own life and the lives of those around her. She has raised more than £125,000 for suicide- related causes through a series of gruelling endurance swims around the world and in 2019 she was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to carry out international research on supporting children after parental suicide. She published her report, Time to Count, in December 2021 sharing what she learnt through her visits to ground-breaking projects in Australia, Denmark, Sweden and the USA. Anna founded Luna in March 2022 to implement her key recommendations, initially focusing on the provision of evidence-based suicide bereavement training for people working with children and young people.
‘Being part of the Sounddelivery’s Media Spokesperson Programme will enable me share my lived experience of parental suicide to shine a light on the needs of children and young people bereaved by suicide across the UK.’
Anna Wardley spoke on BBC Radio 4’s Four Thought on why we need better support for children & young people who lose a parent or care giver to suicide.