Via Nicky at Birmingham Children’s Hospital
Birmingham business all wrapped up for charity fundraiser
Senior staff at Birmingham-based specialist financial mutual Wesleyan found themselves all wrapped up in support of Birmingham Children’s Hospital’s summer fundraiser, The Big Bandage, taking place on Friday 10 July.
Wesleyan’s Chief Executive Craig Errington, Roger Dix, Chief Risk Officer, and Liz McKenzie, Group Corporate Services Director, joined Louise McCathie, Director of Fundraising at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, by dressing up in bandages to encourage people across the city to join in to help the hospital reach its £100,000 fundraising target.
The Big Bandage is one of the children’s hospital’s largest fundraising events and Wesleyan, as one of Birmingham Children’s Hospital’s biggest corporate supporters, is sponsoring the campaign for the third year running.
Last year, 35,000 people from across Birmingham and the wider region put on a bandage to raise over £80,000 for the hospital’s £4 million Children’s Cancer Centre Appeal. This year the bar is set even higher with a goal of raising £100,000 for its new £1 million Magnolia House Appeal.
This Appeal will allow Birmingham Children’s Hospital to build a brand new facility within the hospital’s gardens that will provide a safe haven for families after they have received very upsetting or life-changing news. This may mean telling a family of a child’s life-limiting diagnosis or helping them to understand their child’s treatment.
As a neighbour of Birmingham Children’s Hospital in the city centre, Wesleyan is passionate about the hospital and has raised more than £250,000 since the start of 2013. Earlier this year the business pledged its support once again, this time committing to raise £750,000 over the next two years for Magnolia House.
Liz McKenzie, Wesleyan’s Group Corporate Services Director and chair of its Charity Advisory Committee, said: “As a company, we are proud to see the difference our fundraising is making to the children from Birmingham and across the whole country, and we call on other local businesses to get involved in this fantastic campaign.
“Everyone at Wesleyan is really passionate about supporting Birmingham Children’s Hospital and The Big Bandage again this year. Once again we have a wide range of fundraising events planned and are really looking forward to having lots of fun on the day.”
Louise McCathie, Director of Fundraising at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, said: “We’re delighted that Wesleyan has chosen to support The Big Bandage again. The team’s commitment to fundraising is second to none and we wouldn’t be able to run it without their generous support.
“There are lots of ways that people can get involved. Whether you decide to bandage yourself, your boss, your friends, or even your teacher, taking part is simple – just make a donation, wear a bandage for the day and show your support on Friday 10 July.
“We would love everyone to get involved 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.
To register your support visit: www.thebigbandage.org.uk or text BANDAGE to 70099 to donate £2.