Patients Come Together To Launch Hospital’s Big Fundraiser
Two brave patients and their teddy bears put aside their treatment today and dressed up in dressings to proudly launch Birmingham Children’s Hospital’s summer fundraiser The Big Bandage.
Eight-year-old Nawal Alsied and ‘Big Moon Teddy’, from Saltley, together with hospital pal five-year-old Ella-Louise Williams and ‘Kitty-Witty’, from Tamworth, are both being cared for by staff on Ward 7 at the hospital. Nawal is being treated for respiratory problems and Ella-Louise for a reoccurring bowel problem.
The little pair, who have become firm friends since meeting in the hospital, are calling for people across the West Midlands to donate money and wear a bandage – just like they have – for the day on Friday 10 July.
Plus, to add to the fun this year, the girls want supporters to bandage a favourite toy knowing that, just like them, many patients also bring a special teddy into the hospital with them for comfort and support – with bears often taking a trip to X-Ray, Physio or even Theatre. Ella-Louise’s mum Michelle, said: “Ella-Louise was delighted to help launch The Big Bandage and wore her bandages with pride all day. As a family we are incredibly grateful for the care the hospital has given Ella-Louise and so are delighted to be able to give something back. We will all be getting involved on the day itself and asking friends and family to join us.”
The Big Bandage is fast becoming one of the hospital’s largest annual fundraising events, with 35,000 people across Birmingham and the wider region wearing a bandage last year to raise over £80,000 for the hospital’s £4million Children’s Cancer Centre Appeal.
This year the bar is set even higher with a goal of raising £100,000 for its new £1million Magnolia House Appeal.
Sadly there are times when the doctors and nurses at the hospital have to break very upsetting and life-changing news to its families. This may mean telling a family of a child’s life-limiting diagnosis or helping them to understand their child’s treatment.
For too long now, these conversations have had to take place in offices, in playrooms or even at the bedside with only a cubicle curtain for privacy. Driven by the desire to change this, Birmingham Children’s Hospital’s Magnolia House Appeal will build a brand new building within the hospital’s gardens that will provide a safe haven and give families time to be together before they feel ready to face the world again.
Miranda Williams, Public Fundraising Manager for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have the support of Nawal and Ella-Louise for this year’s Big Bandage.
“As the girls have proved getting involved is easy. Whether you decide to bandage yourself, your friends, your teacher, your boss or even a special teddy taking part is simple – just make a donation, wear a bandage for the day and show your support on Friday 10 July for our wonderful hospital.
“We would love everyone to get involved with this event so that we can reach our all-important target to build Magnolia House – a facility that will help us protect, heal and support our families, just like a bandage does.”
The Big Bandage 2015 hopes to encourage celebrities, footballers, staff, patients, community groups and office workers to dress up in dressings on this year’s The Big Bandage Day, being held on Friday 10 July. It is also once again proudly sponsored by Wesleyan Assurance Society, the Birmingham-based financial services specialist.
To get yourself, your school friends or your work colleagues registered to support The Big Bandage, visit: thebigbandage.org.uk #bigbandage. Or text BANDAGE to 70099 to donate £2.