Support Us

Pick an event to join in with or select an option that suits you.

Many people find that remembering a loved one by making donations can be an uplifting experience. It can also be fitting to the memory of someone who helped others

Join our ‘Friends of Edward’s Trust’ (FOET)… We are a group of wonderful, like-minded VOLUNTEERS who come together to support the needs of the Trust

To show your support of Edward’s Trust why not get your hands on some Edward’s Trust merch or Christmas cards. and be the envy of all your friends. Click here to visit our Edward’s Trust shop

Why fundraise & how it helps

Every year around 700 families are referred to Edward’s Trust. It costs approximately £600,000 per annum to fund the care offered to bereaved families. We believe that the range of support services provided ensure the very best care for bereaved families to rebuild their lives after experiencing devastating grief and see hope for the future.

Edward’s Trust makes a real difference to the lives of bereaved families and you can help us to continue making a difference by supporting our work. Edward’s Trust received now government or NHS funding and therefore relies on donations from supporters, fundraising events and trusts and grants to continue offering our vital services.

Every year we see a greater demand for our services and with you help we can continue to offer our vital services.

We are grateful for all our support from grant funders.

One way that people support us is to take part in the Unity Lottery. A minimum of 50% of the total lottery proceeds are spent on supporting the work carried out by Edward’s Trust, 18.4% on prizes and 31.6% on the running cost and administration of the lottery.

Fundraising for INDIVIDUALS

Host your own event

Think of an idea that will engage your friends, family, work colleagues to come along, make it sociable, make it fun, you will be amazed the impact it has and the feeling of self-achievement in knowing that you will be helping bereaved families across the West Midlands.  We are ALWAYS here to help too to offer support and guidance along the way, and provide all the necessary equipment to make your event go smoothly! 

Donate

The smallest donation can make a the big difference to our families… We can also claim gift aid which increases your donation by %. 

You can donate here or contact us on: fundraising@edwardstrust.org.uk .

Shop & free donations are made

This is the very easiest way to raise money for us with no cost on your part. If you shop through Amazon Smile or Easy Fundraising donations will be made to us, if you select Edward’s Trust as your chosen charity.

Take on our October '31 in 31' Challenge

31 in 31 is our October fundraising challenge. You can choose to do 31 of anything you wish over the 31 days of any month with 31 days in it, whether it’s running a mile a day for 31 days, or reading a book a day for 31 days… I’m sure you will find something that floats your boat! 

Try something new, challenge yourself, ask friends and family to support you along the way, you’ll be amazed by the benefits to you and us! You can download all you need here: ’31 in 31 pack’

Become a member of our 'Kite Club' for regular givers

If you have no time to do any of the above, then consider supporting us with a small donation each month, whether it’s £2, £5 or £10 per month, it really does go a long way in helping us to #FlyTheKite for our families! You can find our more about our exclusive Kite Club here download the form here: Regular Givers Form

Climb Edward Mountain in January

During the Coronavirus pandemic we had to think creatively about challenges our fundraisers could do from the safety of their own home and we came up with the idea of climbing a virtual mountain using their staircase! It went so well that we are continuing to run it every January. As well as raising much needed funds, it is also a great way to get fitter after the excesses of Christmas. You can find all you need to undertake the Climb Edward Mountain Challenge here.

Take part in one of our events

Every year we plan our events to give variety in the hope that there is something for everyone, whether it’s popping your trainers on, getting your bike out the garage or joining us on our ‘Curry & Gin Evening’ or ‘Chinese and Wine Tasting’ Nights – you are more than welcome!  We are now running live events again but are keeping some virtual events such as our Virtual Quiz and Kite Race. Our diary of events is at the bottom of this page.

Host a '4 O'Clock Cake event

The tastiest way to support us is by hosting your own cake sale! 

A refreshing cuppa and a slice of cake is everyone’s favourite treat.  Ask us for a ‘4 O’clock Cake’ Pack which will guide you through the process and provide you with all you need, except the cakes, of course!  Get baking! 

Pass the Baton in July

During the Coronavirus pandemic we had to think creatively about challenges our fundraisers could do from the safety of their own home and we came up with the idea of getting a team together with individuals doing a challenge for an hour then virtually passing the baton to the next team member. The challenge runs for 24 hours, through the night! (This year some teams had the forethought to recruit team members from friends and family overseas so we had people fundraising for us in Spain, Italy, the USA and even Australia). If you would like to gather a team and do our Pass the Baton 24hr challenge you can find all you need here.

Fundraising For Communities, Groups & Educational Settings

Host a non-uniform day at School

Choose a day that is suitable for your school, pick a theme, it could be a pink and blue theme in line with Edward’s Trust branding, it could be a kite theme, in line with our logo, everyone donates £1 to wear clothes relating to the theme, you’ll be amazed how much one day can raise for Edward’s Trust. 

Host a Christmas Jumper day at School

Schools often hold Christmas Jumper Days with everyone donating £1 to wear their festive attire. Why not have some festive fun and also raise money for Edward’s Trust. (We’d love to see your photos)

Host a School Fayre and name Edward’s Trust as the charity to support

Dedicate Edward’s Trust to be the beneficiaries of your Easter / Summer / Christmas Fayre, it allows the students to have lots of fun and at the same time support our work with bereaved families across the West Midlands.  

Dedicate your Whole-School Sports day to Edward’s Trust

Sports days are a very easy, fun and healthy way to raise funds for Edward’s trust, as well as instilling competition, team work and the  ‘healthy mind, healthy body’ approach!

Host a School Raffle/Tombola for Edward's Trust

Make the most of having lots of individuals together at one venue!  Source some raffle with our help and sell raffle tickets, you will be amazed how popular raffles can be!  Ask your students to donate one toy/useful item in good condition, collate them, pop tickets on them and use them for a raffle at your school!  

Sign up for our Kite Challenge Pack

Check out our new ‘Kite Challenge Pack’ designed to suit the needs of your school.  Our pack helps to support students, their families, their school, the local community and Edward’s Trust.  The pack is also editable and we can put your schools logo on each pack.  Contact fundraising@edwardstrust.org.uk to personalize yours!  

Host a '4 O'Clock Cake event

The tastiest way to support us is by hosting your own cake sale! 

A refreshing cuppa and a slice of cake is everyone’s favourite treat.  Ask us for a ‘4 O’clock Cake’ Pack which will guide you through the process and provide you with all you need, except the cakes, of course!  Get baking! 

Take part in one of our events

Every year we plan our events to give variety in the hope that there is something for everyone, whether it’s popping your trainers on, getting your bike out the garage or joining us on our ‘Curry & Gin Evening’ or ‘Chinese and Wine Tasting’ Nights – you are more than welcome!  We are now running live events again but are keeping some virtual events such as our Virtual Quiz and Kite Race. Our diary of events is at the bottom of this page.

Become a regular giver

If you have no time to do any of the above, then consider supporting us with a small donation each month, whether it’s £2, £5 or £10 per month, it really does go a long way in helping us to #FlyTheKite for our families! You can download the form here: Regular Givers Form

Host your own event

Think of an idea that will engage your friends, family, work colleagues to come along, make it sociable, make it fun, you will be amazed the impact it has and the feeling of self-achievement in knowing that you will be helping bereaved families across the West Midlands.  We are ALWAYS here to help too to offer support and guidance along the way, and provide all the necessary equipment to make your event go smoothly! 

In memory of someone special

Host a celebration event in memory of someone special

If that special person in your life is approaching a special milestone, 5th Birthday, 10th Birthday, 18th Birthday, 21st Birthday etc consider a party to celebrate how special they were!  Invite all your family and friends who would like to remember them too!  This creates a community of togetherness whilst reflecting on and remembering the life of a loved one! Do get in touch with us for logo for your invitation or if you would like us to design you a poster/invite for the event.

A Leaf for Life

If you have been supported by Edward’s Trust, you may want to buy a ‘Leaf for a Life.’  The leaf will be inscribed with the name of your loved one, and placed on our tree in the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, where you can visit for quiet contemplation.  Our leaves cost £25, contact fundraising@edwardstrust.org.uk If you would like to order one or download order form here.  They make lovely gifts for families. 

 

Volunteer with us

Join our ‘Friends of Edward’s Trust’ (FOET)… We are a group of wonderful, like-minded VOLUNTEERS who come together to support the needs of the Trust.  The commitment they offer is invaluable in terms of volunteering, supporting and fundraising; with our bereaved families being at the heart of everything they do. For more information click here.

 

Funerals

One way to celebrate the life of someone special is by asking family and friends to donate to a charity instead of buying flowers.  Funeral directors can organize a collection and ensure Edward’s Trust receive the money, or you can set up and share a Just Giving Page (for Instructions on how to do this, contact fundraising@edwardstrust.org.uk

 

Legacies

Once you have looked after your family and friends, could you leave a gift in your will for Edward’s Trust? Legacy donations make a huge difference to Edward’s trust, enabling us to work with many more bereaved families – over 150 in 2019 alone. There is also the benefit to your family – these gifts are exempt from Inheritance Tax, which could be reduced further if you leave 10% or more to charity. To find out more and to request an information sheet, please contact The Fundraising Team on 0121 454 1705 or at fundraising@edwardstrust.org.uk

 

Edward's Trust Dedication page

For families who are being, or who have been supported by Edward’s Trust we have a special dedication page when you can post the name, photo and a few words about your loved one. You can find out more here.

 

Tribute page

There are two options for setting up a tribute page. We are working with Much Loved charity so you can set up a Much Loved tribute page here, or you can set up a Just Giving page in memory of someone. Go to www.JustGiving.com/edwardstrust select ‘Fundraise for us’. Follow the instructions to either log on, or register, then select ‘Remembering Someone’ on the “What are you doing?” page. It’s a great way for family and friends to have an opportunity to ‘take a moment’ to remember and reflect and see the difference that person made to the lives of others.

 

Upcoming Events & Campaigns - Supporting

june 2-5 4 O'clock cake for queen's platinum jubilee weekend

To celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Edward’s Trust is encouraging people to get together and hold a 4 O’clock Cake event to raise money to support bereaved families; drink tea, eat cake and catch up after a challenging two years. Find out more here  & you can request a 4 O'clock pack with all you need by emailing fundraising@edwardstrust.org.uk & you can download an invite to personalise here

JUN 5 birmingham fun run

If the Birmingham Great Run feels a bit too much for you, why not set yourself a more fun physical challenge in June and sign up for the Great Midlands Fun Run here then get in contact with us at fundraising@edwardstrust.org.uk

JUN 5 wolf run

But for more of a challenge, this year we are entering an Edward's Trust Team to Summer Wolf Run - why not set yourself a challenge and join us for this 7km assault course - it's muddy good fun! More details here

JUN 19-26 virtual kite race

Back by popular demand is our Virtual Kite & Balloon Race (*no animals are harmed in the racing of these balloons!) Buy a kite or balloon from 28th May. More details here

JUl 2-3 pass the baton

Launched last year Pass the Baton was a huge success with team members participating from across the globe! Who can you recruit to a team as you do a full 24hr challenge?

JUL 11 Annual charity golf day

This year our Charity Golf Day will be at Coventry Hearsall Golf Club. Individual and team prizes in this Stableford competition. For more details download the poster here.

Upcoming Events - Wellbeing & Remembering

Wellbeing

Here at Edward's Trust we support the whole person with their bereavement so in addition to counselling we also offer wellbeing sessions with our Wellbeing Therapist and Personal Trainer, Sophie Skipp. Find out more here

Here is what some people say about our work

To be able to fundraise seems a natural response for me to try & give a little something back to show my appreciation. By being able to donate time & money to ET makes me feel happy knowing that it will contribute towards other families receiving the gift of support when they most need it, just like we have had.

Alison Soulsby

Our children did a weekend triathlon fundraiser for you and honestly, it was you guys that made the weekend so special for them. The personal touches of the YouTube clip, the t-shirts and buffs, Teddy Eddie turning up at the swim, the communication over the weekend of the event was all so incredible. I felt you were on the journey with us all the way through. If there is anything at all we can do to encourage more young people to do fundraise for you then please let us know. 

Sarah Rush

I called out of the blue when my nephew died and who I spoke with was such a help at such a distressing time. To have someone’s immediate support at the end of a call to offer some advice on how to guide the younger siblings through grief/funeral process when surrounded by so much raw emotion and pain was huge. It was just one call but was so reassuring that I wanted to give back when I could.

Lucy McClauchlan