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.