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Fundraising 'drive' reaches £1k milestone

Coach operator National Express has jumped aboard Birmingham Community Healthcare’s fundraising journey after staff adopted the trust’s charity as a deserving cause to support in 2017, raising more than £1,000 to date.

Kind-hearted colleagues at Birmingham Coach Station in Digbeth launched a fundraising drive in aid of the six-bedded Edgewood Road respite care unit in Hawkesley, which provides short-stay inpatient facilities for children with complex needs.

Staff have organised a sale of unwanted DVDs, ‘dress-down’ days and will be selling Christmas cards designed by staff and children at Edgewood Road.

Coach station co-ordinator John Jones said: “We always look for a different charity to support each year and we chose Edgewood Road because of a personal connection – my brother’s girlfriend works there as a healthcare assistant.

National Express supporting BCHC Charity
Coach station co-ordinator John Jones and Amy Henshaw, junior sister at Edgewood Road.

“We’re delighted to have already topped £1,000 and hope to get up to about £1,250 by the end of the year. It’s been a great team effort for a very good cause that we’ve all really enjoyed.”

Amy Henshaw, a junior sister at Edgewood Road, said: “Compassionate care is all about providing the ‘extras’ that make an inpatient stay more personal and more comfortable.

“This extra money will enable us to buy books, or equipment for arts and crafts activities – anything that would not be funded out of our core budget that we think will add to the quality and comfort of our patients’ stay here.”