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. He is Chair of the Trustees;
  • Alastair Gibbons, formerly Senior Manager in Birmingham Children’s Trust, Birmingham City Council;
  • David Blower, a representative of Moseley and Kings Heath Labour Party, is Treasurer. David was formerly a Senior Manager at Joseph Chamberlain College.
  • Deborah Shaw, Children’s lawyer
  • Philip Smith, Social Worker
  • David Stringfellow, Birmingham Children’s Trust

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 event, an autumn Jazz evening 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 latest annual accounts on the Charity website  here.

Individual and charitable donations (including Gift Aid) account for around 70% of our income, the rest from our annual fundraising activities. The vast bulk of our spending is on supporting young people. We keep our overheads to a bare minimum as all our trustees are volunteers and we do not pay expenses. 

Expenditure on young people

In its first 25 years, the Eve Brook Scholarship Fund spent £435,945 supporting 283 young people to go to University. In 2021-2, the Fund raised £30,631 and spent £38,497 on grants to young people. Currently, 95% of what the Fund spends goes directly to young people.

The following table provides a summary of the spending by the Eve Brook Scholarship Fund from 2007 to 2020. From April 2007 until March 2020 the EBSF spent £276,217 on helping care-leavers go into higher education, £23,918 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 learn 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!

Eve Brook Scholarship Fund Data Protection Policy

The Eve Brook Scholarship Fund collects and holds personal data for communicating with its beneficiaries; communicating with its supporters and donors by newsletter and emails; administering its annual fundraising events; on setting up Standing Order forms and reclaiming Gift Aid on subscriptions and donations.

The data that the Eve Brook Scholarship Fund holds is:
Telephone number
Email address
Gift Aid declarations
Standing Order forms which include bank details

The Eve Brook Scholarship Fund will never share or sell such data to a third party.

The data is held by the Charity’s Trustee and Treasurer and is in a secure manner on computers which have security applications running.

The Fund’s data is deleted once the Fund has been notified that a person no longer wishes to receive communications from the Scholarship Fund.

Beneficiaries and supporters can request access to the data that the Fund holds about them, and ask for rectification of any of the data, by a written application to the Trustee and Treasurer.

The Trustees are responsible for the implementation of this policy.

Breach Action Plan
If a breach is suspected it should be reported to The Trustee and Treasurer
The date and cause of the breach must first be established, including details of the data lost and the names of the subjects.
If necessary a forensic investigation of the computer concerned will be undertaken.
If necessary the Information Commissioner’s Office will be informed.