After setting themselves a £3,000 fundraising target, two old school friends are on cloud nine after smashing this for a new playroom at Walsall Manor Hospital.
Michael Gough and Craig Timmins spent 24 hours walking, running and cycling in a charity cardio session which led them to raise an amazing total of £3,250.
Craig, who is a fitness instructor said: “Fundraising was a humbling experience but at the same time it was so pleasing to know that we can make a difference.
“It’s great that this will not only help children in our local community but all children who ever need to use these services.”
Michael, who is e-commerce Manager for Tile Choice in Walsall, explained that he and wife Denise would be forever grateful to the Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust Midwife who did a home visit following the birth of their youngest child Gabriella.
“She was worried and felt Gabriella wasn’t as responsive as she should be; she was persistent with us so that we got help,” he said.
“It turned out Gabriella had sepsis and she was given antibiotics. All the doctors and nurses were amazing, and this was our way to say thank you and give something back.”
Through donations, Well Wishers has been able to fund the makeover, costing around £23,000, which means the formerly tired play space has been transformed into a bright and colourful feature, complete with new wall murals, wall art activities, equipment including role play areas and a wet play area. It is due to be officially opened next month.
Emma Lester, Play Specialist and Emma Whitehouse, Nursing Associate, said: “Thank you so much to Michael and Craig.
“You would not believe the difference this donation will make to our children and families. Having a nice environment for the children makes a big difference to their care and recovery. We are speechless at the amount they have both raised and we could not be more appreciative.”
Georgie Westley, Fundraising Manager, added: “A huge thanks goes to this fundraising duo who have smashed their target out of the park to support our playroom appeal.
“Their fantastic efforts will bring a smile to our young patients who use the playroom and we’re so grateful to them both for organising such an exhausting fundraiser for us.”