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Children's Support

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For 29 years Edward's Trust have been supporting bereaved families

Edward’s Trust was set up in 1989 by Peter and Hilary Dent in memory of their son Edward, who died aged 7 of cancer at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.  Over 25 years later the Trust still continues to provide much needed support to bereaved families. Edward’s Trust provides holistic family bereavement services supporting children, young people and parents across the West Midlands. We provide support to parents bereaved, or about to bereaved, of their son or daughter – whatever the age of their child. We also provide support to children and young people of school age who are bereaved, or are about to be bereaved, of a parent, significant carer or sibling. A ‘Wellbeing in Bereavement’ service includes complementary therapies and respite bereavement care for bereaved parents and carers. Training and consultation for professionals working with bereaved families or families who are about to be bereaved.

How we help:

  • Counselling
  • Wellbeing Therapies
  • Complementary Therapies
  • Support Groups
  • Social Activities
  • Respite Bereavement Care Retreats
  • Remembrance Services
  • Pre-bereavement Support

Who we are

Edward’s Trust is a unique charity offering holistic family bereavement support to children, young people and parents across the West Midlands who are facing loss and surviving bereavement. Our experienced counsellors are all qualified, trained and registered with the British Association for Counselling & Pyschotherapy (BACP) and Edward’s Trust adheres to the BACP Ethical Framework.

Yvonne Gilligan, Chief Executive Officer at Edward’s Trust and former Regional Director at the UK’s leading sustainable transport charity Sustrans joined the Trust in 2016.

Yvonne Gilligan

Sandra Woodall, Senior Counsellor and Team Leader for Adults Bereavement Services joined the Trust many years ago.

Sandra Woodall

Helen Coombs, Wellbeing in Bereavement Therapist joined Edward’s Trust in 2004.

Helen Coombs

Christina Stephenson, Children’s Team Leader and Senior Counsellor joined Edward’s Trust in 2001.

Christina Stephenson

Our values

Respect

We will act with integrity in all that we do, being mindful and considerate to all. We respect and remember those who have died. Respect is a constant that embraces diversity and uniqueness of experience.

Hope

A feeling of trust in tomorrow. We embody, instil and empower a feeling of trust in tomorrow. Hope is the hand to hold. We have a vision that one day there will be a universal understanding of life-changing grief.

Holistic

Complete and all encompassing. We acknowledge and respond to the needs of the whole person: mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. We recognise the total experience of grief,promoting a holistic approach to bereavement care.

Support

Enabling with compassion and care. We provide responsive support that is appropriate, relevant and meaningful to each individual. Together in safety and strength. Encouraging society to respond appropriately to people facing loss and surviving bereavement.

Excellence

Embracing professional integrity and creative innovation. We are passionate about providing exceptional services and maintaining the highest standards in all that we do. Excellence is valuing people. We are committed to driving innovation and change.

Patrons

Peter Dent

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Nick Owen

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Will Farmer

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Judy Dyke

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Gary Redmonds

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Nikki Tapper

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Charles de Rohan

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David Christie

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Trustees

Neil Thorogood

Chair of Trustee's

Cheryl Pidler

Deputy Chair

Peter Barrett

Trustee

Julie Weston-Smith

Finance Trustee

Thomas Riis-Bristow

Trustee

Jane Newman

Trustee

Clare Martin

Trustee

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