Summer in Brum: Zombies Return to Birmingham

Via Nicky at Birmingham Children’s Hospital

Zombies Return to Birmingham

Over 1,500 ‘walking dead’ took to the streets today to raise money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

Organiser Jamie Chapman gets into character for Birmingham's seventh Zombie Walk
Organiser Jamie Chapman gets into character for Birmingham’s seventh Zombie Walk

The cadaverous crowd – which included patients, families, pets, zombie-lovers and even a real-life just-married bride and groom – gathered at Victoria Square for Birmingham’s seventh annual Zombie Walk.

Birmingham Children’s Hospital patient Rafe Walker led the 1.7 mile walk for the second year running, weaving the terrifying zombies in and out of the backstreets of the city as they made eerie groans and showed off their best slow walks.

Over 1,500 zombies took part in Birmingham's seventh Zombie Walk for Birmingham Children's Hospital
Over 1,500 zombies took part in Birmingham’s seventh Zombie Walk for Birmingham Children’s Hospital

An inspirational teenager, Rafe is a 15 year old who has been living with an inoperable brain tumour since he was eight years old. For him the Zombie Walk is always the highlight of his fundraising calendar, as he explains:

“The Zombie Walk is always ‘dead good’ fun and I love to get involved and give back to the amazing hospital that has cared for me since I was eight years old. All the staff at the hospital treat me like one of the family and so it is great to be able to do something like this to help them raise valuable funds.”

The organisers are anticipating this year’s fundraising total will be close to £15,000, all of which will go towards supporting the children and young people treated at the hospital.

Over 1,500 zombies took part in today's event
Over 1,500 zombies took part in today’s event

The first Zombie Walk took place in Birmingham in 2009 and was the brainchild of Jamie Chapman, who last year won the Birmingham Inspire Young Fundraiser of the Year award.

Miranda Williams, Public Fundraising Manager at Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity, said: “Every year the Zombie Walk just gets bigger and better.

“Since it started seven years ago the event has raised over £26,000 for our hospital, which has made a huge difference to the lives of our brave children and their families.

“Today’s event was a huge success and it was fantastic to see participants dressed in their scariest of attires and wearing their most blood-curdling make-up to help us raise even more valuable funds.”

Organiser Jamie Chapman, said: “It’s been fantastic to watch the Zombie Walk grow over the last seven years.

“The public’s reaction is always incredibly inspiring and seeing thousands of zombies stumbling through the city centre is definitely not something to be missed.”

Donations to Birmingham Children’s Hospital as part of the Zombie Walk can still be made online or via text. Simply TEXT ‘ZOMB88′ and ‘£2′, ‘£5′, ‘£10′ or ‘£20′ to 70070.

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