Team 25 Update

There’s a few exciting bits of news to share!

Team Updates

We are now up to 53 runners! A brilliant bit of recruiting by Phil McKenzie has brought in 5 runners from Hollywood Monster, and three new runners from HSBC means we’ve got a bit of competition for who is the most athletic company! We also have a past service user and two friends, a Young Ambassador, the son of a Patron and Stuart Moseley, Director of SJ Mortgage Solutions, along with his partner.

Which brings me on to our most exciting update – We have a sponsor!!! Thanks to Stuart, SJ Mortgage Solutions ( http://www.sjmortgagesolutions.co.uk ) will be providing funds for very snazzy, newly designed running vest for everybody on the day. Hopefully this will make us stand out, and you can wear our professional looking shirts with pride! It also means we have more of a budget to make a real spectacle on the day, so that when you pass us at Mile 11 you will get a whole extra boost for that last stretch. Thank you SJ Mortgage Solutions!

We would like to order these shirts as soon as possible, so if you haven’t done so already, could you please email me the size shirt you will need (they come in small, medium, large or extra large, unisex sizes.)

Fundraising

I am very excited to announce that everybody who raises over £100 in sponsorship will receive a voucher from Up and Running for 10% off shoes and a free pair of technical socks http://www.upandrunning.co.uk/birmingham. First time runners might find it helpful to know that Up and Running also have a gait analysis service to ensure your shoes are the best style for you. When you create a Just Giving page, link it to https://www.justgiving.com/teams/team25 and I will check regularly to email out your vouchers!

On Thursday 26th June, we will be hosting an evening especially for you! Our counsellors will be here to meet you, from 5 until 7, to give you more of an insight into what we do and how your efforts will help. In the past runners have found it really inspiring, and said that it helped motivate them on the day, knowing where the money they have raised will be going. It’s also a great chance to meet each other and share tips.

As inspiration for now, here is Sarah’s story, to demonstrate how your hard work can help people:

https://www.facebook.com/notes/edwards-trust/testimonials-sarah/559046380854919

Training

There is some pretty good training advice here about motivation and getting into an exercise routine: http://www.thewolfrun.com/training/index.php?&page=1

Because it’s the Wolf run site, some of it will be aimed at ‘wild running’ obstacle courses rather than a straight forward run, but the rest is useful!

(We are thinking of entering something similar to this next year, so if you think it looks like something you’d enjoy let me know, as the amount of interest will determine how big of an event we make it.)

A few people have mentioned that they would like to train with other runners occasionally. If that sounds good to you, let me know and I will put you in touch with each other.

Keep up the good work!

How to Help Us – Without Spending Any Money!

Wonderful supporters – would you like to be able to help Edward’s Trust without it costing you a penny, or taking any time away from your day? Well, you can! We have a task for you – not even a challenge, because it’s so incredibly easy.

All you have to do is spread the word of Edward’s Trust – but not just to the same people who hear it again and again. We’re setting you a target, to tell one new person about Edward’s Trust every week. How easy is that! That one person a week can be absolutely anybody – everybody who hears about us is one more potential supporter. They may even go on to tell others about us.

We currently have over 830 Facebook followers 1800 Twitter followers. If each of these 2630 followers told one person per week about Edward’s Trust, even if nobody else joined in, it would take less than 18 months for our current 2630 to have spread word around the entire population of Birmingham!

Remember, you never know how that person may be able to help us – whether they give an hour to volunteer or leave us their life savings in their will, that is help we wouldn’t have had without you spreading the word!

Within your normal routine, there will be hundreds of ways you can spread the word! For example:
– At any shop, bar, supermarket, or anywhere that has collection tins on a counter, ask the member of staff serving you how the charities are chosen, and suggest Edward’s Trust.
– Contact us to get a spare running vest to wear when you exercise. They are bright pink, and so they’re unmissable!
– We did say it wouldn’t cost you a penny, but if you are happy to make a minimum donation of £1, our wristbands and pin badges can make a great conversation starter
– When discussing any TV programmes, soaps or current affairs that relate to bereavement, remind everybody of the situations where Edward’s Trust can help.
– After attending one of our events or volunteering, make sure you tell everybody where you’ve been and why our work is worth supporting.
– Seek out keen runners, cyclists and general sporty people, and remind them that they can be sponsored for challenges to help small charities like Edward’s Trust
– Any time you meet an Edward!

The wonderful bonus is, once you have worked your way through everybody you know, you will have to start making conversation with new people – you never know who you will meet and how they could make your day!

Make it a habit to look for opportunities to discuss Edward’s Trust. Or if you need encouragement to keep the momentum up, keep a record of who you tell each week – you could even post on our wall or send us a tweet about who you have told.

It really is that easy!