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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Team 25 Update

There’s a few exciting bits of news to share!

Team Updates

We are now up to 53 runners! A brilliant bit of recruiting by Phil McKenzie has brought in 5 runners from Hollywood Monster, and three new runners from HSBC means we’ve got a bit of competition for who is the most athletic company! We also have a past service user and two friends, a Young Ambassador, the son of a Patron and Stuart Moseley, Director of SJ Mortgage Solutions, along with his partner.

Which brings me on to our most exciting update – We have a sponsor!!! Thanks to Stuart, SJ Mortgage Solutions ( http://www.sjmortgagesolutions.co.uk ) will be providing funds for very snazzy, newly designed running vest for everybody on the day. Hopefully this will make us stand out, and you can wear our professional looking shirts with pride! It also means we have more of a budget to make a real spectacle on the day, so that when you pass us at Mile 11 you will get a whole extra boost for that last stretch. Thank you SJ Mortgage Solutions!

We would like to order these shirts as soon as possible, so if you haven’t done so already, could you please email me the size shirt you will need (they come in small, medium, large or extra large, unisex sizes.)

Fundraising

I am very excited to announce that everybody who raises over £100 in sponsorship will receive a voucher from Up and Running for 10% off shoes and a free pair of technical socks http://www.upandrunning.co.uk/birmingham. First time runners might find it helpful to know that Up and Running also have a gait analysis service to ensure your shoes are the best style for you. When you create a Just Giving page, link it to https://www.justgiving.com/teams/team25 and I will check regularly to email out your vouchers!

On Thursday 26th June, we will be hosting an evening especially for you! Our counsellors will be here to meet you, from 5 until 7, to give you more of an insight into what we do and how your efforts will help. In the past runners have found it really inspiring, and said that it helped motivate them on the day, knowing where the money they have raised will be going. It’s also a great chance to meet each other and share tips.

As inspiration for now, here is Sarah’s story, to demonstrate how your hard work can help people:

https://www.facebook.com/notes/edwards-trust/testimonials-sarah/559046380854919

Training

There is some pretty good training advice here about motivation and getting into an exercise routine: http://www.thewolfrun.com/training/index.php?&page=1

Because it’s the Wolf run site, some of it will be aimed at ‘wild running’ obstacle courses rather than a straight forward run, but the rest is useful!

(We are thinking of entering something similar to this next year, so if you think it looks like something you’d enjoy let me know, as the amount of interest will determine how big of an event we make it.)

A few people have mentioned that they would like to train with other runners occasionally. If that sounds good to you, let me know and I will put you in touch with each other.

Keep up the good work!

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!

Meet Team Edward – Peter Dent

peter and whisperPeter Dent founded Edward’s Trust in 1989, along with his former wife Hillary. As founder, you would think that Peter would be safe from adrenaline filled fundraising, but not at Edward’s Trust! He will once again be taking part in our abseil, this year to be held on June 8th, as part of Team Edward – well, we couldn’t celebrate the 25th Anniversary without him! Peter says:

“A lot has changed over the last 25 years but one thing remains the same. The pain of loss when someone special in our life dies. I set up Edward’s Trust all those years ago to build a support network for bereaved parents and children. The intention was not to remove the pain but, simply, to support those in grief. I now plan to jump off a building (I am told that it’s called abseiling) to help to ensure that support from Edward’s Trust will continue to be available for the next 25 years. Can you help?
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My aim is to raise at least £2500 (ie the equivalent of 100 people donating £25 each). It would be great if you could help me in my quest to support the work of the Trust.”

“I shall be refreshing my relationship with Whisper the bear for this challenge. This year he has agreed to descend blindfolded! Brave bear.”

You can sponsor Peter here: http://www.justgiving.com/owner-email/pleasesponsor/Peter-Dent1
This years abseil takes place on 8th June 2014 at 3 Brindleyplace. Registration costs £35. You can sign up for our abseil here: http://www.edwardstrust.org.uk/index.php/component/proforms/abseil-registration

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Team 25 Update

We currently have 31 runners running for Edward’s Trust – but there’s still plenty of time to keep recruiting! Amongst those we have:

· service users past and present
· representatives of businesses who support us – notably Tyndallwoods as always, as well as Thomas Vale, Barclays, HSBC, Pinstripe Printing and more.
· a Patron of Edward’s Trust
· a number of new runners found on Twitter, who are totally new to Edward’s Trust! It’s pretty exciting that we have spread the word to people who had never heard of us before, especially such enthusiastic new people!
· Family and friends that I have ‘gently encouraged’ to take part, and may well be indebted to for a few years to come

No matter where you’ve come from, Thankyou everybody for signing up to support Edward’s Trust! Every penny you raise will help us make a difference.

Just Giving runs a blog with some great tips for fundraising, but they have summarised their top tips here: https://justgiving.zendesk.com/entries/428537-JustGiving-s-top-fundraising-tips Essentially, the more personalised you make your page, the better. Include pictures if possible, details about Edward’s Trust, and if you are a service user maybe share how we have helped you.

To let your sponsors know the difference their money will make, I will include quotes, statistics or personal stories on each update, so that you can share these if you find them inspiring.

£30 a month would buy 15 leaves for our memorial tree at the National Memorial Arboretum
£20 a month would get Memory Books for 20 bereaved children to remember their parent, sibling, or carer.
£10 a month would buy Remembrance gifts for 10 bereaved families to commemorate their loved one.

£100 would provide a fun day out for a bereaved family who may otherwise struggle to find the money, time or motivation. Bereaved children particularly need to know that it is OK for them to still have fun and be happy, even though somebody has died.
£50 would buy a set of craft materials to help children who find it easier to express their feelings creatively than in words
£25 would provide one counselling session

The Junior and Mini Events which take part before the Half Marathon are now also open for entries. If you know a child aged between 3 and 17 who would like to get involved, or perhaps even a school class, they can be part of the day by running 1.5km (under 8s) or 2.5km (over 8s). You could even train as a family, community or school. We want to have a good presence in these events as well as the main Half Marathon, so if you know of any young runners, make sure to mention it to them.

http://www.greatrun.org/Events/Event.aspx?id=22

Best wishes with your training!