Edward's Trust support children and families who are facing loss and surviving bereavement

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For 28 years Edward's Trust have been supporting bereaved families.

Edward’s Trust, 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. Our service extends to a full programme of bereavement support including; one-to-one counselling, support groups, specialist respite bereavement retreats, children’s social activities, a wellbeing service and supports over 600 families every year.

How we help

  • One to One Counselling
  • Wellbeing in Bereavement Therapy
  • Support Groups
  • Respite Bereavement Retreats
  • Remembrance Services
  • Social Activities

28 Years Helping Families

edward-dent 1988

Aged 7, Edward Dent puts his book down, turns out the light, and settles down to die.

Kite Pictures 016 1989

Edward’s parents, Peter and Hilary Dent, found Edward’s Trust in memory of their son.

ET-Stirling 1991

Edward House opens on Stirling Road, Edgbaston as a home from home to 6 families of children diagnosed with cancer and leukaemia.

diana-p13 1993

Diana, Princess of Wales, opens Sunrise – a counselling and support service for all those affected by the death of children.

edwards-trust-78 1995

The first Remembrance time for both adults and children is held.

julie-walters-1-p14 1998

Edward House moves to new premises adjacent to Birmingham Children’s Hospital and is officially opened by Julie Walters.

calthorpe-rd-p15 2003

Sunrise moves from Stirling Road to its present day premises on Calthorpe Road.

church-stretton 2006

Edward’s Trust hosted its first residential retreat for bereaved parents.

21-07-85 2008

Magic Jigsaw, a choral work based on a story written by Edward premieres at Birmingham Town Hall.

wellness-589773_1920 2009

Edward’s Trust offers families complementary therapies as part of a holistic approach to bereavement thanks to The Body Shop.

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Tree of Remembrance, ‘A Leaf for a Life’ opened at The National Memorial Arboretum, Staffordshire

church stretton 2011

Edward’s Trust offers bereaved fathers their own unique residential retreat

Edwards Trust, Face Painting Record Attempt. Villa Park. 18th April 2012..Pictured is Jennifer Downing from Irwin Mitchell in The Trinity Road Stand.Picture by Simon 07774 193699 2012

Edward’s Trust becomes the Guinness World Record holder for ‘Most faces painted in 4 hours’

david ben clare judy 2014

Edward’s Trust celebrate 25 years supporting bereaved families

Waterwipeout1 2015

The West Brom nominate Edward’s Trust as their charity of the year and raise a whopping personal best of £28,000

Trees 2016

New Chief Executive, Yvonne Gilligan is appointed

shutterstock_316507238 2017

Edward’s Trust gets an update with a new website, new marketing material and new vigour to raise the profile and achieve our mission.

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The Challenge We Face

Each year in the West Midlands alone, approximately...

Babies are stillborn or die before reaching their 1st birthday.
Children and young people die between the ages of 1 and 19 as a result of illness and accident.
Children are bereaved of a parent.

At present, Edward's Trust offers and delivers around...

Children’s counselling appointments per month
One-to-one adult and couples counselling appointments per month
Wellbeing Therapy sessions per month
Respite Bereavement Retreats per year (each for 4-6 bereaved parents)
Times of Remembrance - one for adults and one for children.