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Cheers! Raising a grand and a glass for BCHC!

A group of regulars from a Birmingham pub raised more than a thousand pounds for the BCHC Charity when they teamed up to tackle the Great Birmingham Run.

The half-marathon men braved the 13-mile course to say ‘thank you’ to the clinical team at the inpatient neurological rehabilitation unit (INRU), who cared for close friend Frank Coward following a severe heart attack.

And they were joined by Gary Collins, landlord at the Cock Inn, Bartley Green, who raised money for Help for Heroes by completed the run with a fridge on his back!

Frank was a patient in the ward at Moseley Hall Hospital for six months after suffering a cardiac arrest and initial care at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham last Christmas. 

Staff and regulars at the Cock Inn, Bartley Green
Caroline Coward and son Joe (centre) raise a glass to fund-raising friends at the Cock Inn.

Frank had been unable to work for two years due to an accident, finding comfort during this time through family and friends, including those at the Cock Inn. 

Garage door fitter Michael Locke (pictured above, second from right) was one of the main organisers of the fundraising effort.

Great Birmingham Run Cock Inn group
Michael (left) and fellow Cock Inn regulars celebrate their half-marathon achievements!

“We just wanted to do something to show our support for Frank’s wife, Caroline, who had already suffered the loss of her mum, dad and brother before Frank’s heart attack,” said Michael, 48.

“He’s been looked after very well at Moseley Hall and so it seemed like a good idea to raise money for the rehabilitation unit once we’d decided to run the half-marathon together.

“I’m glad to say we all got over the line in one piece and it was a lovely boost when I crossed the finishing line and heard Caroline and their kids Joe and Lee cheering me on. I ran straight over and gave her a great big kiss.”

Caroline said: “The staff were so good, not just with Frank but the whole family. They have a real commitment for getting people back on their feet.

"Unfortunately Frank was too ill but we could see they were doing everything they could. We want the money to help staff get the extra therapy resources they need for the great work they do."

More than £1,000 has been raised through sponsorship and donations from family and friends at the Cock Inn and nearby Crown pub, and Weoley Castle Working Men's Club - all places at which Frank was a well-known local character. 

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