Don’t know how we would have got through without Edwards Trust. Thankyou so much
Things I liked about the Christmas Party:
Everybody was smiling
To see the kids having fun and being happy
Fabulous supportive people
Seeing everyone enjoying themselves knowing they all have a sad event bringing them all together
Good family fun
Playing with new friends
Meeting some new friends
So much for the children to do
Fun! I loved ever minute of it, so did my boys
We all love you
Santa was great
I loved everything!!!
Seeing the children smile – and the adults too
Every member of Edward’s Trust was smiling along with the families
The awesome staff – as always!
The layout of the room was so friendly
Meeting staff at the entrance
Getting the chance to meet other families
I would not change anything about it. It is wonderful in every way
Nothing, you are doing a fantastic job
The way you are funded – it should be a government funded project!
Not a thing!
On Wednesday 4th December, we held our annual Christmas party for bereaved children using our services. Held at Tally Ho Training Centre, children and their families were invited for an evening of festive fun, where they could also mix with other children who understand what it is liked to lose a close family member at a young age.
A DJ got the party into full swing unleashing bursts of snow from a snow machine. Elsewhere was a chocolate fountain, sweet counter, face paining and glitter tattoos. Mickey Mouse put in an appearance, dancing Gangnam Style and the Macarena with Santa Claus. After a Conga around the room, party games got underway. Three rounds of musical chairs (two for children and one for adults) got everyone feeling competitive, and brought out some bad behaviour from the grown ups! After games of musical statues and bumps, Santa handed out presents with the help of his trusty elf.
Hopefully,we have added a few extra smiles and some Christmas cheer to an otherwise difficult time of year.
On Saturday 30th November, Edward’s Trust attended the Birmingham Institute of Asian Business Awards. We were represented by founder Peter Dent, Fundraisers Stephanie and Laura, plus Stephanie’s husband Mark, Patron Claire Seymour, along with her husband James and friend Eva, Trustee Neil, and volunteer Anita, who also brought a friend. We were nominated for the Outstanding Contribution to Society Award, but against Northfield Eco Centre and Birmingham Children’s Hospital, the chances seemed slim.
After a wonderful three course dinner of traditional Indian dishes, and speeches from some of the top Asian businessmen in Birmingham, the awards got under way. Outstanding Contribution to Society was the third award, and each nominee had a one minute video shown. We prepared our best BAFTA faces, got ready to clap another deserving winner, and then – “The winner is… EDWARD’S TRUST!”
Edward’s Trust is not run for admiration and congratulations – we were set up after one family felt the desire to support others through the bleakest experience you can imagine. However, our counsellors work incredibly hard, and dedicate a huge amount of passion to supporting others. Comments from many of our supporters prove that they do a fantastic, and much needed, job. Our founder Peter Dent and CEO Christine Bodkin have dedicated 25 years to our organisation, asking for no recognition in return, because they truly care about helping others.
It is fantastic to see that these hard working people are recognised, an honour which they all truly deserve. We would also like to thank all of our supporters that make our work possible – every volunteer that supports our work, every person who donates to us, anyone who has ever done any fundraising, any business that has ever sponsored us or our events. And of course, our service users, who make our work worthwhile! Thankyou all.