Welcome to The Elliot Project

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The Eliot Project

Our Story

The Elliot Project was founded in 2020 after the sudden loss of Elliot Hennell.

Elliot was born on the 27th of January 1986 to Michael and Shirley Hennell. He was the youngest of the family with three older sisters, Sasha, Lucy and Jodie.

Elliot’s lifelong ambition was to join the army. After finishing school, he attended the army foundation college in Harrogate before completing his basic training in Catterick and passed out as a Grenadier Guard in 2003.

During his time in the army, Elliot completed a tour of Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and three tours of Afghanistan, along with numerous ceremonial duties.

He was also a proud father to three children, Abigail, Elliot and Louie.

After a long battle with his mental health, Elliot tragically took his own life in July 2020.

The loss of Elliot sparked the Hennell family, and some close friends, to come together to create The Elliot Project, an organisation that provides free mental health awareness, 1 to 1 support, and first aid training, through Mental Health First Aid England, to individuals and companies throughout the United Kingdom.

The Elliot Project was created with one goal in mind, to educate the wider community and provide them with the tools required to help those struggling in a mental health crisis.

How to get involved

Meet The Team

Meet the core team members who work together to run The Elliot Project!

  • Alex

    Founder and Chair of The Elliot Project

    Alex has true passion and enthusiasm for The Elliot Project and Mental Health. A Mental Health First Aider and soon to be Mental Health First Aid Instructor, a true asset to The Elliot Project family and helping support those suffering from Mental ill-health.

  • Abi

    Founder and Trustee of The Elliot Project

    Abi is keen on supporting and making a change to all involved. She is a Mental Health First Aider and is currently studying Psychology. She has a passion for Mental Health and hopes to change the stigma moving forward.

  • Shirley

    Trustee of The Elliot Project

    After losing her son Elliot in July 2020, Shirley’s goal has been to help educate and support other individuals and families going through a mental health crisis, to ensure they do not end up living her reality. She also is trying to help end the stigmas around veterans and PTSD through the support of The Elliot Project.

  • Sasha

    Trustee of The Elliot Project

    After experiencing mental health issues first hand, Sasha understands the importance of getting the right support. She’s extremely passionate about mental health, and is determined to help remove the stigmas surrounding it.

  • Lucy

    Trustee of The Elliot Project and Mental Health First Aider

    With Lucy’s expertise in the early years industry she is keen on helping both children and parents navigate their way through the complex world of mental health. As a Mental Health First Aider she has a deep desire to help teach and support people through the tools The Elliot Project provides.

  • Jodie

    Mental Health First Aider

    Jodie is passionate about mental health support in the workplace, and is proud of the work The Elliot Project is doing to remove stigmas and provide training.

  • Harley

    Trustee of The Elliot Project and Mental Health First Aider

    Being the youngest on the team, Harley is keen on reaching out to people in her age demographic to help them get the help and support needed by so many in the community. She has identified the lack of resources available for the youth of today and is determined to help them through The Elliot Project.

  • Owen

    Trustee of The Elliot Project

    Owen’s passion for making a difference to those suffering with mental health, makes him a real asset to the The Elliot project team. He studied Computer Science and is able to transfer his skills to support The Elliot Project and the work that goes on behind the scenes. He’s devoted to making changes to how the world view mental health.


Take a look at the figures to date and see all the great work that The Elliot Project has managed to achieve from all of the donations we have received.


Mental Health First Aiders


One-To-One Sessions



How To Get Involved

As a small charity, The Elliot Project relies on fundraisers and donations to be able to offer mental health first aid training, mental health awareness training and one-to-one support sessions.

From sponsored runs, to cake sales and everything in between, we need you to get involved.

No idea is too big for us, so please do get in touch if you have any fundraising ideas or if you wish to take part in any fundraising activities.

How to get involved

Upcoming Events

Take a look at our upcoming events for the year, and follow us on our socials for more information and to get involved.

2nd April

Masquerade Ball

Hosted by Ian Maynard in aid of The Elliot Project and CF Warriors. Held at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Lincoln.

17 July

Elliot Fest

Hosted by the Hennell family to celebrate Elliot’s 2nd Anniversary. Held at Wallington Sports Club, Hillside Gardens.

22 October

The Elliot Project Ball

Hosted by Harley McCarthy in aid of the Elliot Project. Held at Kingswood Golf & Country Club.

Sign up to one of our free courses

Please fill out and submit the enquiry form if you are interested in joining us on one of our upcoming first aid or awareness courses. We will be in touch as soon as possible.

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