Team 25: Meet the Team

Liz Dukes, Running in memory of Charlie
Liz’s son Charlie was killed aged 8, leaving behind big bother Jack and twin brother Archie.
https://www.justgiving.com/liz-Dukes1/

Our Young Ambassador Kiran
Kiran MistryKiran’s parents divorced when she was 7 months old, so she and her mother moved in with her grandparents. While her mother worked extremely long hours to support the family, Kiran’s grandparents raised her. When she was 7, her Grandma was diagnosed with cancer, and was hospitalised when Kiran was 11. While her Gran was in hospital, Kiran’s Grandfather suffered a stroke and passed away. The day after being told of her husbands death, Kiran’s Nan died. Kiran blamed herself, as her Grandfather had been bending to polish her shoes when he had his stroke.Feeling all alone, having lost both of her main carers in a few days, and blaming herself, Kiran began having fits and regressed to the mental age of a 4 year old, in what doctors felt was an attempt to relive her happiest times.
Now aged 19, Kiran is an intelligent, confident, beautiful young lady applying for universities this year. We couldn’t be more proud to have her as a Young Ambassador, and that she credits Edward’s Trust as helping to get her to where she is now.
“They are absolute god sends to me, I don’t know where I’d be without them. I hope you can give generously so that they can help others like myself, because I know that grief can be a silent killer.”
https://www.justgiving.com/Kiran-Mistry1/

Heather Derby is running in memory of Dane Peagram:
“Dane was born on my wedding day and despite a difficult start to life fought against the odds to enjoy his early years. He had the ability to light up the room with his smile and I have many happy memories of him growing up alongside my twins. Tragically Dane passed away aged 5 and left his family and friends totally devastated. Edwards Trust supported his Mum and family. I am in awe of the important work this charity does to support bereaved parents and families in Birmingham. I am really proud to pound the streets of Birmingham to raise money to support the amazing work they do! Please give what you can!”
https://www.justgiving.com/Heather-Darby/

Phil from Hollywood Monster
IMG_7674Phil has previously run for us in the Hollywood Monster mascot outfit because he’s crazy…and because Edward’s Trust supported him and his wife when their baby Ben died. This year he is doing it minus the suit.
https://www.justgiving.com/Philip-mckenzie/

Graham Ayres, In Memory of Jamie
Graham’s son Jamie was killed outside school by a drunk driver when he was 5. He was running back to school to fetch a father’s day card he had made for Graham. Graham want to support Edward’s Trust as he credits them with helping him return to work – teaching children the same age as Jamie.
https://www.justgiving.com/Graham-Ayres2/

Dedicated Trustee Neil Thorogood
IMG_8534Neil has been a Trustee of Edward’s Trust for over 20 years
https://www.justgiving.com/neil-Thorogood2/

Sarah and Friends running in memory of Joshua
Edwards Trust supported my family after I lost my precious son. It was a sudden death (meningitis). I attended support groups where I was allowed to just cry and cry without any judgement or anyone telling me it was going to be ok. I also got much comfort from the annual remembrance services held during the Christmas period. These services allowed me to get many emotions out so I was able to cope with Christmas much better.
https://www.justgiving.com/Sarah-Morris33/

Debbie, running in memory of her Dad
debI lost my father in 2008, a week before my GCSE exams. Nothing prepares you for the loss of a parent. It is a scary, daunting and emotional time… a whirlwind of emotion that to any child or teenager can seem like the end of the world. I was put in touch with a similar charity to Edwards Trust called Round Oak Robins. I met other teenagers going through that same emotional journey; I heard their stories and together we created memories of our loved ones…and life long friendships.

Learning to cope with my emotions and understanding my loss was the first step in coming to terms with losing my dad and Round Oak Robins helped me every step of the way. Sadly due to a cut in funding Round Oak Robins closed down a couple of years ago. I and so many others lost that support network that Edwards Trust currently offers to other families and children coping with illness and bereavement (some of whom I have the privilege to know).

I am running for Edwards Trust not only to remember my dad but to thank them for their tireless efforts in supporting children and adults learning to cope with loss. Every penny counts. It really does.
https://www.justgiving.com/Deb-Cook1/

Our Counsellor Katie Hobday
katieI am truly grateful for anything you can donate. Edwards trust has a very special place in my heart. I am a counsellor there and have the privilege of supporting bereaved parents through the darkest of days. Often it is a lifeline in times of desperation and deep tragedy. We rely solely on donations to continue this vital support. There are very few centres in the UK that provide this and i am passionate to do all I can to help the Trust survive this recession and continue the wonderful work we do. Fitting in my runs with the 4 bambinos and work is a tricky challenge but I am managing it and inspired by all my lovely clients and colleagues. Please please give what you can as it is a truly worthwhile cause. Love and thanks, Katiexx
https://www.justgiving.com/KatieHobday/

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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!

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.

Team 21 and Mini Marathon – Great Birmingham Run 2013

I have been a keen runner for many years and after the birth of my youngest child I was keen to get back into my running shoes again and be able to support Edward’s Trust at the same time.

Edward’s Trust Volunteers Preparing to Cheer on Runners

The Bupa Birmingham Great Run seemed like the perfect opportunity to do both.

My godsons Felix (aged 7) and Angus (aged 4) and my daughter Isobel (aged 5) also wanted to be involved & I was delighted when they joined me to be part of the big day.  They were all very excited to be involved in the Bupa Great Birmingham Run 2013 – Mini-Marathon.  What a great day we all had and we thank the Birmingham crowds for their amazing support.

Thanks to generous support of my employer HSBC, between us we have raised over £1,000.  This will help support many more counselling sessions for bereaved families; it is thanks to the amazing work of Edward’s Trust that some so many local families, including friends, have been given their lives back. 

We know how important 2014 will be for Edward’s Trust.  To be celebrating 25 years of supporting bereaved families is an amazing achievement.  Put quite simply, Edward’s Trust changes people’s lives.  We have all entered into the 2014 Great Birmingham Run and we will be proudly supporting the Team 25 Edward’s Trust team.   We might even be abseiling for Edward’s Trust on Saturday 8th June 2014 too!