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:″

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:


Edward’s Trust triumphs at the IAB Awards!

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.

Photo by Jas Sansi - full set as above

Photo by Jas Sansi – full set as above

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.