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.

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.”

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!”

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.

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.

Dedicated Trustee Neil Thorogood
IMG_8534Neil has been a Trustee of Edward’s Trust for over 20 years

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.

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.

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


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 ( ) 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.)


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 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 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:


There is some pretty good training advice here about motivation and getting into an exercise routine:

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!

Team 25 Update

Team Members

Since our last update we have found 7 new runners, bringing us to a grand total of 39! These include –

– 2 from Twitter
– one member of staff
– one Trustee
– one from the Big Expo event (we were really cheeky)
– a supporter, who has previously run the Half Marathon in the Hollywood Monster mascot suit – this year we may even get to see his face!
– a parent from Hallfield School who are supporting us

Congratulations must go to two of our existing team members – well done to Lucy Bridge on completing the Silverstone Half Marathon, and to Joe Farley on completing the Major Series 10k! Thankyou both for raising sponsorship for Edward’s Trust at these events!


For those of you who are running your first Half Marathon, this article from Runners World links to training schedules for all abilities. There’s also more training advice on the site which, being as un-sporty as I am, I haven’t been able to try for myself, but it has been recommended by one friend who completed the Cardiff Half Marathon, having never run before.

I’ve also collected some tips from friends that are runners – all of them have completed at least one Half Marathon, most have done more than one; two have done a number of full marathons; and one is currently training for the full London Marathon! Find those tips here:


I have attached a sponsorship form, so that you can collect sponsorship from people offline as well as online. Of course, don’t forget to set up a Just Giving page – the longer your page is up, the longer you have to raise money! The more detail a page has, the more successful it tends to be, so please include as much information as you can.

To help with raising sponsorship, I will be including stories, quotes and information which you can share to show the real difference you are helping to make. Hopefully this will also help keep you going when your legs are getting tired! For this update I’ve included some general quotes from service users about the difference Edward’s Trust has made. (You will find testimonials and full stories in the Notes section of our Facebook page if you would like to read more.)

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: 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.

Best wishes with your training!

Team 21 2011

Team 21, put together for our 21st Anniversary, are making way for the new Team 25, beginning in our 25th Anniversary Year! So, we thought a look back at Team 21 was in order, to see what the new team on the block have to live up to. So, the runners of Team 21, and their times were:

Chris Dent 01.28.13
Jack Hambleton 01.34.24
Matt Jones 01.34.46
Joe Kavanagh 01.36.59
Graham Demain-Griffiths 01.37.56
Mike Cockbun 01.39.58
Ross MacDonald 01.42.16
Nicholas Champion 01.42.51
Martin Gaskin 01.43.48
James Akehurs 01.46.19
Ollie Leggett 01.46.23
Matthew Murphy 01.47.21
Harriett Ferguson 01.47.22
Paul Barsby 01.48.32
Dara Fahy 01.52.33
Alistair Campbell 01.53.18
Philip Green 01.54.03
James Harper 01.54.20IMG_5642
Mark Bradbury 01.55.15
Nathan Weekes 01.58.26
Benjamin Hammond 01.59.03
Andrew Miller 02.01.48
Frank Colluns 02.04.32
Mathew Lawless 02.08.02
Lisa Cockburn 02.08.32
Andrew Edwards 02.08.44
Helen Jackson 02.09.06
Phil Coombs 02.09.56
Lee Millard 02.10.24
Anna O’Driscoll 02.11.12
Claire Craddock 02.12.47Carmen,Karen, Sue
John Moore 02.13.10
Simon Harris 02.14.44
Josh Robertson 02.16.09
Danny Wheeler 02.16.56
Michael Dyer 02.18.20
Peter Dent 02.21.55
Pete Fielding 02.23.26
Peter Heywood 02.25.38
David Whalley 02.26.53
Jonathon Whalley 02.26.54
Gary Martin 02.27.06
Dirk Martin 02.27.07
Karen Murphy 02.27.51
Carmen Gouldbourne 02.28.01
Simon White 02.29.03
Rachel Louvaine 02.30.11

Edward's Dad and Brother

Edward’s Dad and Brother

Sonia Hallmark 02.38.32
Charles Tompson 02.43.13
Elaine Thomspon 02.43.13
Nikki Marshall 02.43.33
Katie Smith 02.43.46
Julia Cross 02.48.29
Kate Garett 02.48.29
Caroline Dyke 03.17.36
Clare Sillery 03.17.36
Abigail Evans 03.18.43
Ian Buchanan 03.18.43

It seems fitting that the fastest of the year was Chris Dent, Edward’s brother. So, the time to beat is 1 hour, 28 minutes and 13 seconds! The average time of Team 21 2011 was 2.13.49 – lets see how Team 25 compare!