Brenda Edwards: Jamal’s Trust Will Continue His Faith-Inspiring Work

Brenda Edwards said she will continue her late music entrepreneur son Jamal’s work of instilling faith in young people so they can feel “empowered”.

he opened the Jamal Edwards Self Belief Trust fundraising event held on Tuesday in central London – with special performances from Ed Sheeran, Jessie Ware and Max Cyrus and the Hollywood actor Terry Crews hosting it. gala dinner.

Jamal, who was awarded an MBE for his musical activities in 2014, passed away on February 20 this year at the age of 31.

He rose to prominence after founding the music platform SBTV in 2006, and is credited with helping to bring a host of UK music artists to stardom, including Dave, Jessie J and Sheeran.

Reflecting on the difference it can make to young people when they are supported, Brenda told PA news agency at the fundraiser: “I think I can sum it up in two words – faith – and that’s this.

“And Jamal taught me to believe in myself as I got through my cancer, he said, ‘Mom has a little bit of self-belief.

“And that’s what we need to give young people to remember because young people are the future of tomorrow and it’s important to me to give them the platform they can feel empowered, that they can feel empowered, and that they can feel that someone is there listening to them.

“And that’s what we’re trying to do with trust and we’ll get there, because we have faith in ourselves.”

Brenda, host of Loose Women, added that “words aren’t enough” to describe how much Jamal means to her, but the warm interest from people around the world has shown him. how he is loved.

The fundraiser brought Edwards’ network of music and industry figures together to support the causes he has advocated for, especially giving young people the opportunity to thrive in communications industry.

The event featured a star-studded auction with a range of “experiences that can’t be bought with money” including a meal for two with Luther’s star Idris Elba.

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It also boasts an exclusive private Abbey Road Studios tour and access to London Fashion Week in 2023.


Jamal Edwards was made an MBE for his music services in 2014 (John Stillwell/PA)

Jamal’s sister Tanisha Artman told PA it was an “absolute honor” for Jamal’s friends to take part in the fundraiser, adding: “It shows how inspiring he is and how much he has who he touched just from the number of people who just wanted to help.”

The Jamal Edwards Self Belief Trust, established in his honor after his death, is also developing a scholarship program and re-work scheme for young people at risk of homelessness in partnership with Centrepoint. , the leading homeless youth charity in the UK.

Brenda recalls how her son passionately supports young people in the creative industries and how he would spend every Christmas day at a homeless shelter to Try to help in any way possible.

US actor Crews told PA he wanted to participate in the fundraising gala to “continue Jamal’s legacy” because he feels he is a “visionary” who has had an impact. affect many lives.

The Brooklyn Nine-Nine star recalls first meeting the DJ in late 2014 on a press tour for his movie The Expendables 3 and says he stood out to him among hundreds of media outlets. different because of his “liveliness” and “energy”.


Terry Crews, organizer of the first fundraising event for the Jamal Edwards Self Belief Trust (Beresford Hodge/PA)

He explained that he contacted him afterwards and that they became friends and planned to do many documentaries and film projects together before Jamal passed away, which he said that he was “broken”.

Crews also reflects on how having support at a young age changed his life, saying: “Jamal Edwards reminds me and myself, because all I needed was one person. trust me and I have a couple of people, that’s really cool.

“But I come from Flint, Michigan, came from a very poor background and I had an opportunity, someone believed in me and I took my chance and I ran for it.

“And here’s one thing people need to understand about opportunity, it’s not given, it’s taken. It’s like a hunt.

“Jamal is the one who will catch it. He’s the man out of all the people who would look at one thing and see it as ‘Wait a minute, we can do this, we can do this’. “

He added that Jamal becoming an ambassador for the Prince’s Trust, a charity led by the Prince of Wales, and becoming an MBE in 2014 is proof that he is “really one of the special people in the world” best in the world”. Brenda Edwards: Jamal’s Trust Will Continue His Faith-Inspiring Work

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