A group of Walsall Hindu ladies have handed over a generous £1356 to Walsall Healthcare’s Well Wishers charity after a year of collecting money.
The Sakhi Mandal ‘Friends Group’ has been coming together for more than seven years to meet not only in prayer, but to raise money for those in need; this year, choosing to support Well Wishers to improve care for patients both in hospital and in the community.
A wonderfully colourful affair, the group’s monthly sessions are a chance for the women to celebrate their faith, socialise, eat great food and offer up spare pennies so that a donation can be made to a good cause at the end of each year.
A regular host of the meetings, 59-year-old Bharti Patel explained: “We used to send our money to India to help those less fortunate than ourselves; providing relief for disadvantaged groups such as the disabled and poverty-stricken, however after a couple of years we thought that we would start supporting people closer to home.
“We all use the hospital – attending regular check-ups and appointments – and if one of us is seriously ill one day, we’ll need the care ourselves! It’s nice to think that by supporting the Trust we can help prepare for our own future as well as helping those currently needing treatment.”
This is the second year running that the group has fundraised for Well Wishers – after last year’s contribution helped to make over the sensory room on the paediatric ward. This year’s donation will see a similar outcome in that it will go partly towards making over the Shelfield Child Development Centre sensory room and partly towards helping enhance elderly care services.
Georgie Westley, Fundraising Manager, said: “This has been a wonderful surprise, particularly after the group made such a generous donation last year.
“We’d like to thank the ladies for their fantastic efforts and we are excited to think that we are getting closer to the £15,000 needed to revamp the sensory room!”