Wigan Youth Zone is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of former board member, Bernard Edmunds who died yesterday evening after a long term battle with an incurable brain tumour; surrounded by several of his beloved family members.
Bernard served on the board at Wigan Youth Zone for five years and during that time became a stalwart of the charity.
As well as passionately driving the organisation’s strategy, Bernard became a pioneer for fundraising on behalf of Wigan Youth Zone with his ever-lasting enthusiasm and dedication – he raised thousands of pounds for the Youth Zone.
Bernard helped to organise the Youth Zone Team at the Wigan 10k, running the race himself in 2017 alongside Martin Ainscough. He also supported many of our larger events, compèring at the Reet Good Festival and quarterly Business Breakfasts, as well as helping source speakers from his network of contacts.
Bernard and his family also regularly supported the Youth Zone through personal donations; most notably sponsoring Jaguar Jeff, the Youth Zone’s mascot, in 2018.
Bernard continued to go above and beyond for the Youth Zone even after his terminal diagnosis. Fronted by Bernard himself, the ‘Bernard’s Wish’ appeal raised £25,000 to support our members with additional needs through various fundraising activities.
Executive Director, Anthony Ashworth-Steen was one of many to pay tribute adding: “Bernard’s generosity, his dedication and his commitment to supporting Wigan Youth Zone, even in the face of a life limiting health diagnosis, has ensured that his legacy will live on forever at Wigan Youth Zone.
“We are deeply saddened to hear of Bernard’s passing and everybody’s thoughts at Wigan Youth Zone are with his family and friends at this difficult time.
“To Wigan Youth Zone, Bernard will forever be remembered as a devoted board member, an ardent fundraiser, and above all, a kind hearted man who has changed the lives of young people in our area for generations to come.
“Thank you Bernard – we will all miss you.”