Team 25 – Sponsored by SJ Mortgage Solutions!

The Bupa Great Birmingham Run has been a big date on Edward’s Trust calendar since 2011, when a team of 73 runners took part to raise money to support bereaved children and families. With 2014 being Edward’s Trust’s 25th Year, it was important that we make this year one to remember – thanks to sponsorship from SJ Mortgages! SJ Mortgages have kindly provided us with funds to buy running vests for all of our current team of over 50, as well as other items to make the day extra special! We can now make October 19th a real celebration. Stuart Moseley, Director of SJ Mortgages, is also running the Half Marathon in support of Edward’s Trust, so he will be getting an extra cheer from our supporters on Calthorpe Road.

Stuart says “I am delighted that SJ Mortgage Solutions Ltd have been given the opportunity to work with a fantastic local charity. As a Birmingham based company I have seen then the Birmingham Half Marathon grow from strength to strength and with increasing numbers taking part in the event this can only increase the support and recognition Edwards Trust need to continue their amazing work.”

At Edward’s Trust we are incredibly grateful for the support of SJ Mortgages, and really excited for a big day that would not have been possible without them. You can join us on the day at our building, 43a Calthorpe Road, to cheer on Stuart and every other runner. Or to be part of our team email fundraising@edwardstrust.org.uk.

To sponsor our team, visit the team page, http://www.justgiving.com/teams/team25 or find the individual pages set up so far:
http://www.justgiving.com/neil-Thorogood2
http://www.justgiving.com/Joe-Farley
http://www.justgiving.com/Katy-Townsend
http://www.justgiving.com/matthew-monnes3
http://www.justgiving.com/liz-Dukes1
http://www.justgiving.com/Sarah-Morris33

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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!