We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded just over £25,000 in continuation funding from the National Lottery Community Fund. The grant, part of the NLCF’s Reaching Communities funding stream, will enable Edward’s Trust to continue to increase the accessibility of our service for those who need our support the most.

Our previous Reaching Communities grant enabled us to extend the upper age limit for young people who are bereaved of a parent, grandparent, significant carer, sibling or friend, from 16 to 24 years old, increasing our office hours to offer evening and early morning appointments, developing support from volunteers and appointing key roles – our Clinical Lead and Bereavement Services Manager.

Our success will allow Edward’s Trust to develop our early enquiry service, coordinating peer support groups, enabling people to receive support in different ways that suit their lifestyle, such as over the telephone or via online platforms, and delivering support in schools or community buildings to reduce people’s travel. The grant will run from 2023 to 2026, strengthening the Trust’s long term vision that one day every parent, child and loved one will be responded to appropriately by friends, family, professionals, organisations and government.

Emma Wright, Fundraising and Evaluation Manager