Make Someone Smile
Make Someone Smile Week has been a chance to brighten up someone’s Christmas with just a small act of kindness, so thanks to everyone who took the time to visits patients, sing carols, donate gifts or for recognising the hard work of colleagues over the past year. (click here for the PDF version of the montage).
And thanks to everyone who took part in the Well Wishers Hamper raffle which raised £337.99 for the Child Development Centre appeal. Congratulations to winners Ann Hawes, Hayley Clemmings, Sandra Dawes and Michelle Cox.
Putting fundraising in fashion for Well Wishers
They were dressed to impress and gave Naomi and Kate a run for their money when they took to the catwalk for a fashion show to raise money for Walsall Healthcare’s Well Wishers charity.
From maternity to procurement, via occupational therapy, outpatients the Acute Medical Unit and Purple Hub, Walsall Healthcare staff strutted their stuff at the event at Walsall’s Holiday Inn in Wolverhampton Road.
Georgie Westley, Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust’s Fundraising Manager, said: “We are raising money for maternity services to buy a maternal invasive monitoring system which costs around £5,000 and Monday night’s event raised just over £660 towards this.
They came, they saw, they ran – and walked – and Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust staff did its charity proud!
Around 70 fundraisers joined the Walsall Rotary Club Fun Run at Walsall Arboretum yesterday (Sunday 25 September 2016) to raise money for the Trust’s Well Wishers charity.
The sun shone for most of the event and personal trainers from Sweat! Union Gym in Walsall showed their support by helping everyone through some warm up stretches before the 10k run, 5k run and 3k walk got underway.
Swim the Channel
Fundraisers who took the plunge and agreed to swim the equivalent distance of the English Channel – without leaving Walsall – have netted almost £2,000 for charity.
The sponsored swim last month brought in £1866.90 for Walsall Healthcare’s Well Wishers charity which raises money for items above and beyond what the NHS can provide.
Including friends and family, around 25 colleagues took the plunge at Walsall Gala Swimming and Fitness Centre and set themselves the challenge of completing 1,344 lengths in total. Walsall Healthcare’s Chief Executive Richard Kirby and nine-year-old Freddie White, son of Trust Dental Nurse Lisa White, started everyone off while Walsall’s boxing star Martin Gethin, IBF Super Lightweight Champion, also clocked up some lengths!
The fundraiser was suggested by Pathology Services Manager Sharon Dicken who did more than 150 lengths herself on the day. Proceeds from the event are going towards elderly care at the Trust - focusing on supporting patients with Learning Disabilities.
After a marathon 30 hours, pinball player Wayne Johns is now a Guinness Record holder and reached his fundraising goal of £5,000 to benefit patients with prostate cancer both in Walsall and across the country.
Wayne, who is Theatre Equipment Manager at Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, started playing at 12 noon on Saturday 22 October 2016 and finished just after 6pm on Sunday 23 October 2016, supported by pinball enthusiasts and colleagues.
The 43-year-old wanted to do something that would grab people’s attention and get them talking about prostate cancer as his father Bill suffers from the condition and has undergone chemotherapy.
His efforts were live streamed and witnessed in an attempt to break the then 27 hour World Record for continuous pinball playing and all the evidence was submitted to officials at Guinness World Records. They have now confirmed he is the new record holder.
Abseil raises £3,100 for maternity services appeal
They came, they saw, they abseiled!
Adventurous fundraisers have managed to raise £3,100 for the maternity services appeal by taking part in a sponsored abseil off The New Art Gallery Walsall.
Thank you to all of them, Gemma McLeod, Michelle Lowe, Joanne Harber, Jessica Smith, Sophie Dodd, Tom Murray, Carl Hollington, Bonita Baker, Chris Grew, Hayley Price, Marc Jones, Catherine Warnock , Craig Cotterill and our Chief Executive Richard Kirby.
Thanks also to Evans Halshaw for generously sponsoring the event
Apprentices raise funds for Ward 17 (Respiratory Medicine)
Five apprentices have raised funds to complete a unit in their Knowledge Folder - working as a team, with a cake sale and a tombola.
Chelsea Hollender, Mitchell Lewis, Pauline Griffiths (Team Leader), Hannah Naaz and Zara Yousaf raised £255
£1000 Donated to the Neonatal Unit
£1000 has been donated to the neonatal unit by PefectHome, The Bridge, Walsall.
The PerfectHome Community Outreach Scheme donates to worthy causes in their local community. This year the neonatal unit was nominated by PerfectHome employee Hana Hopkins, whose daughter Ellie-Mae was born here premature at 20 weeks. Hana said "the neonatal unit saved her and got her home. Ellie-Mae is now 16 months old, healthy and happy.
Runners raise money for breast feeding support
Claire Higgins and Louise Wright, who both work in the Breast Feeding Support Team took part in the Morrisons Great Birmingham 10k to raise money for their team.
They said "we have been training since the beginning of the year for this".
They have raised £100 so far with more money to come in.
Thanks to Asda's Customers and Colleagues
Walsall Healthcare Charity was recently pleased to accept a cash injection from Asda, Darlaston as part of their ‘Chosen by You, Given by Us’ scheme. The scheme allows Asda customers and colleagues to nominate charities to support and then vote for the chosen charity in which to donate funds to. In this case, Walsall Manor Hospital’s Ward 21 was the grateful recipient of the funds.
The team on Ward 21, which treats unwell paediatric patients, were visited by Asda representative, Cath Whitehouse, and presented with a cheque for a generous £200.
This donation will be used on a variety of different items, as patients range from babies up to 17 year olds. This will include new toys, play equipment and arts and crafts.