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