A staff lottery set up to raise money for Walsall Healthcare’s Well Wishers charity is bringing real benefits to patients of all ages across the borough.
The lottery was established in 2016 and draws are made monthly. Well Wishers raises money for items above and beyond what the NHS can provide and has so far bought Active Birthing Beds for mums-to-be, funded a makeover for the Manor Hospital’s sensory room for young patients on Ward 21 Paediatric Assessment Unit and supported tea parties for patients living with dementia.
More than 340 staff have signed up for the lottery which has raised £7,530.50 to date. The winning staff member is able to decide which service will receive 50% of the total prize money each month.
One lucky winner is Andrea Tipper, Specialist Health Visitor, based at Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust’s Child Development Centre in Shelfield.
Andrea, who has worked for the NHS for 20 years, and has been with Walsall Healthcare since 2001, asked for the prize money generated through her draw to be used to buy a Tumble Form seat which can be used by children with disabilities and complex needs who attend the Little Rainbows sessions at the Child Development Centre each week. Little Rainbows is run by the Early Years SEN Team and Specialist Health Visiting Team.
“The Tumble Form seat helps support children whose conditions might mean they have little or no control over their muscles and movements and it also means they can sit comfortably and enjoy the interactions that take place within the group,” explained Andrea.
“The chairs cost a few hundred pounds and are so beneficial to the children who attend the group. I am so pleased that I was able to choose where the prize money should go. The staff lottery is a good idea because it means smaller items, such as this chair, can be bought and this makes a real impact within a service.”
Kayleigh Flavell and Lee Bates’ three-year-old son Kayden Bates was among the first to use the new Tumble Form chair at Little Rainbows.
Dad Lee said: “We get a lot out of coming to this group. Everyone supports each other because it is hard work and also a bit scary if you have a child with complex needs and disabilities.
“Kayden uses the chair and it helps support him so that he can be involved in the singing and he likes to kick his legs a lot.”
Georgie Westley, Walsall Healthcare Fundraising Manager, added: “We’re pleased that staff support our Well Wishers lottery and having visited the Little Rainbows group for myself I can assure everyone that the funds raised are really making a difference to the people of all ages who use Walsall Healthcare’s services.”