Christmas lights switch on will be a knockout!

Visitors to Walsall Manor Hospital will no doubt want a ringside view when local hero boxer Martin Gethin switches on the Christmas tree lights this year.

The IBF Super Lightweight Champion and former British Champ is a patron of Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust’s charity Well Wishers and supports events throughout the year – manning charity stalls and visiting patients.

The switch-on will take place on Friday 8 December 2017 at around 3.25pm and will be attended by the Mayor of Walsall, Councillor Marco Longhi and Walsall Healthcare’s Chief Executive Richard Kirby.  GB Podium Boxer Ben Whittaker, another loyal supporter of Well Wishers, will also attend

Martin, who earlier this year helped to organise a charity boxing night for Well Wishers bringing in £2,500, said he felt like a VIP!

“Winning all my boxing titles has been really emotional but I must admit that when I was asked to switch on the Christmas tree lights I was really moved,” he said.

“I feel like a proper VIP. I  am really happy to have been asked and happy to support Walsall Healthcare. I have visited the hospital a number of times over the last year to talk to patients living with dementia and they’ve been fantastic. We’ve had some good banter and I’ve been able to see for myself how the charity’s fundraising is helping support more vulnerable patients.

“I look forward to seeing a good turnout when I switch on the lights.”

Georgie Westley, Fundraising Manager at Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, said: “Martin has been so supportive of our charity and is well known for his fantastic sporting achievements so we’re really pleased he has agreed to be part of our popular festive celebrations.”

The Trust is holding two Festive Friday events on 8 and 15 December from 10am. The main atrium at Walsall Manor Hospital, which houses the Christmas tree, will be full of festive stalls and seasonal singers from local schools will entertain between 10.30am - 2.30pm on both days with Walsall Brass Band supporting the light switch on and helping us with our carol singing.

A share of the proceeds will boost Walsall Healthcare’s Well Wishers charity which has so far helped fund a number of improvements including a refurbished multi-sensory room for young patients on Ward 21 Paediatric Assessment Unit and has bought Active Birthing Beds for labouring women. A £15,000 appeal is currently running to update the sensory room used by children with disabilities and complex needs at the Child Development Centre in Shelfield.

Posted by Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust Wednesday, November 29, 2017 5:03:00 PM