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!


Meet Team Edward – Peter Dent

peter and whisperPeter Dent founded Edward’s Trust in 1989, along with his former wife Hillary. As founder, you would think that Peter would be safe from adrenaline filled fundraising, but not at Edward’s Trust! He will once again be taking part in our abseil, this year to be held on June 8th, as part of Team Edward – well, we couldn’t celebrate the 25th Anniversary without him! Peter says:

“A lot has changed over the last 25 years but one thing remains the same. The pain of loss when someone special in our life dies. I set up Edward’s Trust all those years ago to build a support network for bereaved parents and children. The intention was not to remove the pain but, simply, to support those in grief. I now plan to jump off a building (I am told that it’s called abseiling) to help to ensure that support from Edward’s Trust will continue to be available for the next 25 years. Can you help?
My aim is to raise at least £2500 (ie the equivalent of 100 people donating £25 each). It would be great if you could help me in my quest to support the work of the Trust.”

“I shall be refreshing my relationship with Whisper the bear for this challenge. This year he has agreed to descend blindfolded! Brave bear.”

You can sponsor Peter here:
This years abseil takes place on 8th June 2014 at 3 Brindleyplace. Registration costs £35. You can sign up for our abseil here:


Team 21 2011

Team 21, put together for our 21st Anniversary, are making way for the new Team 25, beginning in our 25th Anniversary Year! So, we thought a look back at Team 21 was in order, to see what the new team on the block have to live up to. So, the runners of Team 21, and their times were:

Chris Dent 01.28.13
Jack Hambleton 01.34.24
Matt Jones 01.34.46
Joe Kavanagh 01.36.59
Graham Demain-Griffiths 01.37.56
Mike Cockbun 01.39.58
Ross MacDonald 01.42.16
Nicholas Champion 01.42.51
Martin Gaskin 01.43.48
James Akehurs 01.46.19
Ollie Leggett 01.46.23
Matthew Murphy 01.47.21
Harriett Ferguson 01.47.22
Paul Barsby 01.48.32
Dara Fahy 01.52.33
Alistair Campbell 01.53.18
Philip Green 01.54.03
James Harper 01.54.20IMG_5642
Mark Bradbury 01.55.15
Nathan Weekes 01.58.26
Benjamin Hammond 01.59.03
Andrew Miller 02.01.48
Frank Colluns 02.04.32
Mathew Lawless 02.08.02
Lisa Cockburn 02.08.32
Andrew Edwards 02.08.44
Helen Jackson 02.09.06
Phil Coombs 02.09.56
Lee Millard 02.10.24
Anna O’Driscoll 02.11.12
Claire Craddock 02.12.47Carmen,Karen, Sue
John Moore 02.13.10
Simon Harris 02.14.44
Josh Robertson 02.16.09
Danny Wheeler 02.16.56
Michael Dyer 02.18.20
Peter Dent 02.21.55
Pete Fielding 02.23.26
Peter Heywood 02.25.38
David Whalley 02.26.53
Jonathon Whalley 02.26.54
Gary Martin 02.27.06
Dirk Martin 02.27.07
Karen Murphy 02.27.51
Carmen Gouldbourne 02.28.01
Simon White 02.29.03
Rachel Louvaine 02.30.11

Edward's Dad and Brother

Edward’s Dad and Brother

Sonia Hallmark 02.38.32
Charles Tompson 02.43.13
Elaine Thomspon 02.43.13
Nikki Marshall 02.43.33
Katie Smith 02.43.46
Julia Cross 02.48.29
Kate Garett 02.48.29
Caroline Dyke 03.17.36
Clare Sillery 03.17.36
Abigail Evans 03.18.43
Ian Buchanan 03.18.43

It seems fitting that the fastest of the year was Chris Dent, Edward’s brother. So, the time to beat is 1 hour, 28 minutes and 13 seconds! The average time of Team 21 2011 was 2.13.49 – lets see how Team 25 compare!