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It's a charity knockout!

Work can begin on the Sheldon ward’s new garden thanks to funds raised at a charity boxing match, organised by the family and friends of a patient who spent their final days being cared for there. 

Roy Vernum pledged his support to the Sheldon Ward Garden Appeal after his mother, Diane, passed away on the palliative care ward at West Heath Hospital in November 2018.  

Roy said: “I want to help future patients and families make their final times as comfortable as possible." 

Roy and his good friend Bob Prosser organised a charity boxing match in their hometown of Wolverhampton, raising a fantastic £6,342 towards the £30,000 appeal, which aims to re-model the garden into a tranquil space for patients and family members.

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Roy Vernum charity boxing match
Roy (front row, centre left) and his friends and family raised a fantastic £6,342 for the Garden Appeal

BCHC Charity campaign manager Angela Corry said: “This is a tremendous effort by Roy, Bob and their family and friends and we would like to thank them for their generous donation. This means that we can now begin work to transform the ward’s garden into a peaceful and therapeutic space where patients and their family members can come to terms with diagnoses, spend quality time together away from the hospital setting, and enjoy nature.” 

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Sheldon Ward Garden appeal launch
Roy (pictured with the shovel) helped launch the Sheldon ward's appeal alongside staff and supporters earlier this year.