How the Fund is Run

Trustees and support

The Eve Brook Scholarship Fund was set up by Birmingham City Councillor Eve Brook shortly before her death from cancer, aged 53, in 1998.

As chair of Social Services, Eve was passionate about improving the chances of young people in care and celebrating their achievements.

As a registered charity, the Fund is run by a Trust consisting of:

  • David Edgar, who was Eve’s husband, is Chair of the Trustees;
  • Alastair Gibbons, Birmingham Children’s Trust, Birmingham City Council;
  • Professor John Rouse, a representative of Moseley and Kings Heath Labour Party, who acts as Treasurer. John, now retired, was Dean of a large Faculty at Birmingham City University.
  • Deborah Shaw, Children’s lawyer
  • Philip Smith, Social Worker

The Fund is assisted by Sarah Barker from Birmingham City Council’s 18+ Care Leavers Service and benefits from a close working relationship with the City’s Corporate Parenting team. 

The Fund’s patrons are Professor Ann Davis of the University of Birmingham, actor, director and writer Simon Callow and Baroness Helena Kennedy QC.

The Fund has an active Fundraising Group that works hard to raise funds to support additional young people realise their ambitions. We try to raise at least £5000 each year from our range of events, including a Curry Night, a Summer Party and our annual Christmas Quiz. We are always looking for new volunteers and if you would like to become involved please contact us at

Annual accounts

You can read the annual accounts for 2016-17 on the Charity website  here.

We are proud that over the last 6 years 92% of our income is spent on support for young people.

Individual and charitable donation (including Gift Aid) account for around 60% of our income; 36% from our annual fundraising activities; and the rest from interest payments.

Expenditure on young people 2007-17

The following table provides a summary of the spending by the Eve Brook Scholarship Fund since 2007. Records for the earlier period are insufficient to provide details before 2007. It can be seen that from April 2007 until March 2017 the EBSF spent £207,325 supporting 116 young people in their journey to success in higher education, £20,700 on average for each year.

Financial year£RecipientsMajor awardsSmall grants

*Some beneficiaries might be funded for more than one year so actual recipients less than total.

You can lean more about the young people we have helped each year by going to ‘Who we’ve helped’.

With your support we can do even more!