Generous employees at a Birmingham based complaint handling body have helped to raise £9,500 for children’s charity, the Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
Following a year of activities including sky dives, abseils, bike rides, a spelling bee and even a marathon, the Legal Ombudsman, based in the city centre, raised much needed cash to help the charity’s Children’s Cancer Centre Appeal. Employees involved in organising many of the activities joined thrilled charity representative, Hayley Miller, to hand over the cheque.
Faye West, Communications and Engagement Manager at the Legal Ombudsman, said: “Our employees really got behind supporting the Cancer Centre Appeal and I’m really proud of what we’ve achieved. As well as raising money, we also had the chance to volunteer at the hospital, and it was great to meet some of the children who will benefit from our fundraising. The hospital does amazing work and we’re delighted that we could support them over the past year.”
Birmingham Children’s Hospital’s current cancer unit sees over 3,000 patients a year from across the country but is housed in a building that is over 30 years old and is in need of some major improvements. The £4 million Children’s Cancer Appeal, which recently closed having achieved its target, will improve the lives of these patients and many others by transforming the facilities and accommodation.
Elinor Eustace, Corporate Partnership Manager in Birmingham Children’s Hospital’s fundraising team, said: “We are really grateful to the wonderful team at the Legal Ombudsman for working so hard to raise this money. It will go towards our new cancer centre which will make a huge difference to the lives of thousands of cancer patients from the West Midlands and beyond.”
The Ombudsman nominates a new charity to help out each year. This year the scheme will be raising funds for St Mary’s Hospice, which helps people with a terminal illness to enjoy the best possible quality of life during the time they have left, whilst helping their loved ones to cope with loss. St Mary’s Hospice came out top in an employee vote to decide from a number of worthy causes.