Patients, visitors and staff at Walsall Manor Hospital had a ringside view when local boxing hero Martin Gethin and GB Podium Boxer Ben Whittaker switched on the Christmas tree lights at the hospital today!
The IBF Super Lightweight Champion and former British Champion is a patron of Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust’s Well Wishers charity and supports events throughout the year – manning charity stalls and visiting patients. Ben is also a loyal supporter of the charity.
Martin, who earlier this year helped to organise a charity boxing night for Well Wishers bringing in £2,500, said: “Being asked to switch on the lights at the Manor Hospital is one of the highlights of my career; its right up there with winning the Championship.
“I am really happy to have been asked to support Walsall Healthcare in this way. I have visited the hospital a number of times over the last year, and am conscious that many people will be spending Christmas in hospital this year so it's nice to do something that will lift their spirits".
Chief Executive Richard Kirby thanked staff for their hard work over the year, and for the many improvements that they have achieved in patient care in 2017.
The crowds were entertained by community staff who are known as Chrisoph and the Nursettes - a team of district nurses who dance with admission avoidance co-ordinator and crooner, Chris Davis. Christoph and the Nursettes were winners of the “Trust’s Got Talent” event held earlier this year.
And if you didn't get chance to grab a Christmas bargain already, the Trust is holding another Festive Friday event on 15 December from 10am - 4pm. The main atrium at Walsall Manor Hospital, which houses the Christmas tree, will be once again full of festive stalls and seasonal singers from local schools along with Walsall Brass Band who helped support the light switch on and carol singing.
A big thank you to everyone who attended and supported the event!