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There are lots of ways that people fundraise for us.  Here are some ideas for you as an individual

As part of their social value, large businesses can support Edward’s Trust in a wide variety of ways. Take a look at the corporates and businesses who support us here

Educational settings, Uniformed Organisations, Social & sports clubs.

As part of your community outreach you may want to consider supporting Edward’s Trust

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 .

Take on our '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 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

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! 

Fundraising For CORPORATES

Make us your Charity of the Year

This could involve members of staff fundraising, staff volunteering with practical support and talking about us as much as you can.  Collection tins are available to place in secure premises.  Your company can really help us to #FlyTheKite, and what more… it’s such a rewarding, fun thing to do too, the benefits to staff morale at your workplace are endless!  

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 .

Volunteer

If you feel you would like to ‘give’ something to Edward’s Trust, why not donate a day away from your desk and come over to help us with a project (decorating, DIY, gardening, admin tasks or fundraising with our volunteer team at an outside venue) It’s a great way to boost staff morale and team building and you even get to wear one of our latest Edward’s Trust t-shirts to smile for the camera too! 

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 large social event

Fancy a golf day? Or even a glamourous Ball?  As well as team building and celebrating your business’s successes, use Edward’s Trust as the perfect reason to organize a fun day or evening out for your employees or partners.

Which businesses already support us? 

We are delighted to have so many corporates and smaller local businesses who support us. You can see them all here. 

 

Book a 'Lunch and Learn'

Use a convenient time in your staff calendar to book a ‘Lunch & Learn’ session with us.  Invite staff to come together and find out more about Edwards Trust.  We provide all the resources, literature, videos you need to in order to give you a real insight into the real world for our bereaved families and how your company can support our work. 

All we need is a large room, a projector and sound equipment to play some of our invaluable videos. We can now also run this for you remotely. Corporates love spending their time with us, they get to find out exactly what our work involves in supporting bereaved families across the West Midlands. 

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! 

Match-funding

Does your company have a match funding scheme?  If so, you could match fund employees fundraising successes.  With gift aid added on too, the impact that one employee can make is greater than they could have alone.

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

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 - Supporting

OCT - 31 in 31

Whilst we may not be 31 years old this year, 31 in 31 went down so well last year that we will be running it again! There are still 31 days in October so again we are challenging you to come up with 31 sponsored challenges to undertake in the month. Find our 31 in 31 pack here

DEC 3 - Christmas chinese

We are trying to catch up with social events so this year we are very excited to be holding a Christmas Social event at Chung Ying. This is likely to be a popular event so advance booking is required. Click here for more details. Click here to book. 

DEC 7 - edward's trust virtual quiz

Now a regular fixture in our event diary we hope you can join us for our Festive fundraising quiz hosted by Steve from Route 39! Sign up on our Just Giving page & don't forget to let us know by email too so we can send you Zoom link too

DEC 10 - CHristmas jumper day

Who doesn't love a Christmas Jumper day? And now and even better excuse... You can raise money for Edward's Trust for the privilege! You can download a poster for your place of work/school here.

JAN - climb edward mountain

We launched this challenge during lockdown last year but it was so successful that we are running it again this January - work off the Christmas excesses and raise money for Edward's Trust at the same time. - A virtual stair climb to the height of Edward Mountain. More here.

Upcoming Events - Wellbeing & Remembering

Wellbeing

During the pandemic our wellbeing therapists are unable to offer hands on wellbeing therapies to our families but we are able to offer wellbeing sessions with our Wellbeing Therapist and Personal Trainer, Sophie Skipp. Find out more here. We will start back with other therapies as soon as we are able. 

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The information will be used by the counsellors and wellbeing therapists to aid them in their support.

The data will be kept on a secure database, and only used anonymously in conjunction with other clients’ data as statistics. We will not contact you for marketing purposes

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