M6toll Support Edgbaston based bereavement charity

MEL donated £1,000 to support Edward’s Trust with the launch of their project ‘Coffee, Cake and Chat’ which aims to address the grief support needs of bereaved parents following the death of a child. The project is now up and running at Edward’s Trust’s Bereavement Centre in Edgbaston, Birmingham and will aim to reduce isolation (both psychological and social) experienced by parents when they have had a significant bereavement.

The effect of bereavement is life changing and without specialist support many find themselves simply unable to cope. Bereaved parents will be offered the opportunity to meet in a social support group environment once a month facilitated by 2 experienced counsellors. The group will also have the opportunity to have informal chats, connect with each other, share experiences, make new friendships and build a support network outside of Edward’s Trust.

Yvonne Gilligan CEO said ‘Coffee mornings are important for our parents as social opportunities such as this help to reduce social isolation and create a network of support for parents with similar or shared loss.  

Jacqueline Sweet, MEL social committee member added: “It was an honour to visit Edward’s Trust and see how MELS’s funding is helping to support bereaved parents. Edward’s Trust is a charity close to my heart as I was first introduced to the trust and their work via my Line Dance Teacher Jennie Alcock.  Every year we held a Charity Line Dance to fundraise for Edwards Trust and over the years provided much needed funds and support, as well as items needed for the Bereavement Centre. Sadly Jennie who fundraised for Edwards Trust for many years passed away in December 2017. To ensure fundraising continues our line dancing group Phoenix Stompers are now looking to hold a Charity Line Dance annually to raise funds for Edwards Trust in Jennie’s name.

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 28 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, supporting over 1000 families every year.

More information about Edward’s Trust can be found here: https://edwardstrust.org.uk/

MEL’s donation forms part of a wider initiative to support local schools and community projects. MEL's Social Committee work closely with members of staff to choose those community projects close to their hearts which will benefit from a donation from the Drive for Charity fund.

MEL's Social Committee is always on the lookout for local charities and community projects to support. To register your charity or community project with MEL for consideration to receive fundraising or practical (volunteering) support now or in the future visit www.m6toll.co.uk for further information or email d4c@m6toll.co.uk


IMAGE (Left to right back to front): Yvonne Gilligan; Chief Executive at Edwards Trust, Jackie Sweet; MEL, Sue Drew; Bereavement Counsellor at Edwards Trust