Birmingham’s leading independent property company has nominated Edward’s Trust as its official charity partner for the next two years.
KWB chose the bereavement organisation as the beneficiary of its fund-raising efforts during 2019, when both were celebrating their 30th anniversaries.
The highlight came last autumn when KWB’s office manager, Jo Spencer, organised an abseil down Regal Property Group’s residential skyscraper, The Bank. Throughout the year, KWB raised an impressive £22,327.50.
Now Jo says the company has decided to extend its relationship with the Edgbaston-based trust through 2020 and into 2021.
“They do amazing work with adults and youngsters who are bereaved, or about to be, provide respite care, offer ‘well-being in bereavement’ support, and also train professionals working in their sector, but it costs them close to £600,000 a year and they have to rely on goodwill and support to raise those funds,” she says.
“They’re also a great bunch of people, and working to support them during 2019 was something which we all enjoyed, so rather than look to identify a new charity in 2020, we decided to stay with Edward’s Trust.
“They’ve already organised a schedule of fund-raising events for this year, so we’ll support those activities and also start planning our own events for 2021. The abseil went so well, we’re looking at another one, perhaps on an even grander scale.”
Lucy Goodway, the engagement manager for Edward’s Trust, admitted she was delighted to hear the news.
“KWB made a significant difference to our 30th anniversary events last year and were one of our top corporate fundraisers, thanks to the abseil they organised for us, and lots of other events their team got involved in, including golf days and half-marathons.
“We can’t wait to see what 2020 brings for KWB, who help us to provide specialist bereavement support to families across the West Midlands, so many thanks to Jo and the rest of their wonderful team.”