The fund was set up by Edward’s family following his death from meningitis last December at just 10 years old.
Since then family, friends and the wider community have raised funds through various sponsored events, such as triathlons, Tough Mudders, half and full marathons and open water swims, which both children and adults alike have been inspired to do in Edward’s memory.
Events such as ‘The Time 4 Tea #forEdward’, a large-scale tea party, the Scouts’ Danceathon and his swimming club’s Gala in his memory, have raised an enormous amount of money. The high school, where Edward's brother William attends, raised funds with a chocolate tombola, gathering chocolate donations from a non-uniform day in lieu of chocolate.
So many organisations in the community have been involved in, or plan to be involved in, future fundraising events. Edward’s school held a whole school triathlon event in his memory, an event they thought particularly befitting and an event that Edward would have loved to have been a part of. The Fund has also been chosen by Dobbies Garden Centre as its Local Charity of the Year and was one of the causes supported by the Lytham Festival, the north-west’s biggest outdoor festival.
Our Director of Fundraising, Beth Bottrill, said: “A huge well done to Liz and everyone in the Lytham area who has contributed to the special fund she set up in Edward’s memory on achieving such an amazing milestone, and thank you. It’s a real testament to her hard work and dedication and the esteem in which Edward was held within the community."
“The money raised is making a significant contribution to our ongoing lifesaving and life-changing work – funding research to find new and better vaccines for this cruel disease, raising awareness and improving the quality of life for those who have been affected and their families."
“As a charity that receives no Government funding we rely entirely on the generosity, energy and initiative of our supporters to raise the vital funds we need."
“Thanks to the family’s determination and hard work we will be able to reach even more people and make a bigger impact on this devastating disease.”
Big part of the local community
“Edward was such a big part of the local community,” mum Elizabeth said. “He knew so many people and did so many things. He was a member of St Anne’s swimming club, he was a rookie lifeguard, he went to a local primary school and played a massive part in the Cub Scouts. He played tennis, football and entered many triathlons. He played the cornet for Lancashire Orchestra. He was a funny, witty, friendly and popular boy; a larger than life boy who lived life to the full and inspired both children and adults.”
Devastated, but determined
“Edward has left a huge void in our lives which can never be filled. We miss him more than words can say. We, and the community we live in, are devastated by his loss and are determined to make something positive come out of Edward’s death, working really hard to raise funds and raise awareness of this dreadful disease.”