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!

Children’s Christmas Party

 

On Wednesday 4th December, we held our annual Christmas party for bereaved children using our services. Held at Tally Ho Training Centre, children and their families were invited for an evening of festive fun, where they could also mix with other children who understand what it is liked to lose a close family member at a young age.

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A DJ got the party into full swing unleashing bursts of snow from a snow machine. Elsewhere was a chocolate fountain, sweet counter, face paining and glitter tattoos. Mickey Mouse put in an appearance, dancing Gangnam Style and the Macarena with Santa Claus. After a Conga around the room, party games got underway. Three rounds of musical chairs (two for children and one for adults) got everyone feeling competitive, and brought out some bad behaviour from the grown ups! After games of musical statues and bumps, Santa handed out presents with the help of his trusty elf. Image

Hopefully,we have added a few extra smiles and some Christmas cheer to an otherwise difficult time of year.

 

Tea With Santa

Santa himself will have tea with our young children

Santa himself will have tea with our young children

When a member of a family dies often the family becomes fragmented and unable to express their feelings to each other, this often leads to family time becoming less and less and especially FUN time

Social activities form an important part of the work of the children’s team, the children look forward to these special times in the midst of an enormous amount of sadness both within themselves and their family.

These activities provide an opportunity for children/young people to build their confidence, self –esteem and independence in an environment where they feel safe. The young people feel they can fun without feeling guilty and benefit from being in the company of other bereaved children. It helps for children to know that they are not alone in their feelings of grief, taking part in these activities allows them to meet other children who are hurting and they quickly build relationships and bond together as a group.

This year SANTA has set aside some special time from his very busy schedule to have tea with a few of our younger children who for a number of reasons deserve some extra special fun time. This is a chance for the children to meet SANTA himself, feel special and to have fun, lots of jelly and ice cream and of course a special gift.

We would like sponsorship for this event which would include food and decorations and a small gift for each child, items such as lego, cars, puzzles, football’s please help us to bring a little sunshine back into these children’s lives.