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21st Sep, 2021

Bereavement charity set up in memory of Knowle youngster handed top award

Sarah Mason 14th Sep, 2021

A FAMILY bereavement charity set up in memory of a Knowle youngster has been handed a top award.

Edward’s Trust has been handed the Innovation Award from ScottishPower Foundation for how their wellbeing work was adapted during the Covid pandemic.

The wellbeing service offers therapeutic massage, aromatherapy, reiki as well as the more traditional talking therapy of counselling.

During the pandemic when hands-on wellbeing treatment was not permissible, the charity created Take A Moment where a wellbeing pack that included a stress ball, herbal tea, lavender soap were handed to families alongside socially distanced outdoor or online wellbeing support in the shape of yoga, a health check-up, mindful walking or personal training.

Melanie Hill, executive officer and trustee, ScottishPower Foundation said: ‘‘The help Edward’s Trust offers to teachers and the toolkits created to enable them to assist children and teenagers going through the most difficult of times is invaluable.

“I’m pleased our funding will support the charity in its outstanding work to help young people in the West Midlands.”

The charity, which was set up by Edward’s parents Peter and Hilary Dent in 1989, provides home from home accommodation for families who have a seriously ill child in hospital and bereavement support parents, children and carers across the West Midlands.

Yvonne Gilligan Chief Executive of Edward’s Trust says, “We know from 31 years of experience supporting those who have been bereaved that our physical health is inextricably linked with our emotional health and in a time when people’s wellbeing has been particularly challenged due to lockdowns and social isolation.

“Take a Moment has been particularly valued by our families and we are delighted that this project has been recognized by the Scottish Power Foundation and thank them for the support of our work.”

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