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!

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World Book Day

For World Book Day we’ve stuck to what we know – we thought this was a good time to focus on the great books out there for helping children cope with bereavement.

Children’s Books
These books are great to read with children to help understand death or bereavement. Good for helping your child at a time of bereavement, or ready for when they start asking questions.

Always and Forever, Alan Durrant
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Always-Forever-Alan-Durant/dp/0552567655/ref=pd_cp_b_1

Feather Pillows, Rose Impey and Robin Bell Corfield
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Feather-Pillows-Rose-Impey/dp/0001981390

Someone Very Important Has Just Died, Mary Turner
http://www.jkp.com/catalogue/book/9781843102953

The Huge Bag of Worries, Virginia Ironside
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Huge-Bag-Worries/dp/0340903171

What Is Death? Etan Boritzer
http://www.amazon.com/What-Is-Death-Etan-Boritzer/dp/0963759752

What on earth do you do when Someone Dies?
http://www.amazon.co.uk/What-Earth-When-Someone-Dies/dp/1575420554

Adult’s Books
These books aim to help you deal with a bereaved child in the best way.

Helping Children Cope with Grief, Rosemary Wells
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Helping-Children-Cope-Grief-Overcoming/dp/085969559X

Grief in Children, Atle Dyregrov
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Grief-Children-Second-Handbook-Adults/dp/1843106124
http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=7F3JTwit6kYC&pg=PA208&dq=grief+in+children+atle+dyregrov&hl=en&sa=X&ei=rJoYU4XeIqTg4QTw1YBI&ved=0CDEQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=grief%20in%20children%20atle%20dyregrov&f=false

Understanding Children’s Experiences of Parental Bereavement, John Holland
http://books.google.co.uk/books/about/Understanding_Children_s_Experiences_of.html?id=adzCtlyxwSoC&redir_esc=y

There are some great resources out there so that nobody should have to face bereavement alone.

Young Ambassador Recognised as Young Star

At Edward’s Trust, we are very proud of our Ambassadors, who do a fantastic job of promoting the work we do. Now one of our Young Ambassadors has been recognised by the Harry’s Young Stars Awards. The Awards, were founded by Georgina Moseley with the support of the Birmingham Mail, to honour other brave and inspirational children, like her son Harry Moseley.
Prab Collects her Award
Prabjoat Layal, one of our five Young Ambassadors, won the Community Charity Individual Award, which was presented in a ceremony at South and City College in Birmingham on Friday 28th Februay 2014. Prab, who is 16, impressed the judges with her commitment to fundraising for Edward’s Trust and raising awareness of the impact bereavement can have on children.

Prab raised £3,000 for Edward’s Trust by winning her school’s Youth Philanthropy Project in 2013, by speaking about her own experience of losing her father aged 10, and of how Edward’s Trust had helped her to deal with the loss. Since then, she has continued to seek out ways of fundraising, suggesting new ideas at school and keenly advocating the charity to others. She also regularly gives up her time to help out with events that rely on our hardworking volunteers, and has been very dedicated to her commitments as a Young Ambassador.

Prab has worked so hard at gaining support and recognition for Edward’s Trust that we couldn’t be more happy to see her recognised for her own outstanding dedication.

See the Birmingham Mail’s coverage of the event here:
http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/inspirational-children-receive-awards-memory-6759899″

Young Ambassadors Kelly, Prab and JaideepPrab has also reached the final three of the Birmingham Leadership Foundation’s Inspire Awards “Young Fundraiser of the Year” category. The winner of these awards is announced on the 20th March 2014. Another of our Young Ambassadors, Jaideep Kallu, also reached the shortlist for this award, for his own tireless fundraising both in and out of school, for inspiring other students to fundraise, and for his outstanding dedication to his Young Ambassador role.

Learn more about the Birmingham Inspire Awards here:
http://www.bleaf.co.uk/inspire-birmingham-2014/

Highlights from the Feedback on our Children’s Christmas Party

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

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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

Atmosphere

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


Things I would change about the Christmas party

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Nothing! Big Thankyou

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!