A charitable Christmas at SWBH

In the spirit of old St Nick, members of the general public, local businesses and charities, visited Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust to spread some festive cheer on the wards.

Staff from the British Transport Police dropped off an array of toys for the children on the paediatric wards at Sandwell General Hospital.

One staff member really got into the spirit of things and dressed up as Santa to hand out the gifts before heading off in their police van!

Also paying a visit in an interesting vehicle were the fire fighters from Wednesbury station who dropped by in their fire engine to give children at Sandwell and City Hospitals a bit of pre Christmas excitement.

Players from West Bromwich Albion went to Priory Ground and Priory 1 to spend time with the children and donate a brand new flat screen television to keep them entertained during their stay.

A group of young people from Perry Beeches Academy got creative and donated handmade decorations to Priory 2. The students, aged between 12 and 14, chose to decorate Priory 2 as a way of saying thank you on behalf of a number of the pupils’ relatives who had been treated on the ward after suffering from a stroke. The students arrived with a choir in tow to entertain the patients while the ward was decorated.

In a show of Christmas kindness the local Asda stores in Tipton and Oldbury collected gifts from members of the public. A number of staff and customers then visited the paediatric wards at Sandwell to hand out the presents. As well as giving out gifts, Asda also donated boxes of decorations to be used next Christmas.

Local Charity, Rosie’s Helping Hands is a regular supporter of Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Charitable Trust. Founders, Karen and Sean Ross, along with one of the charity’s Trustees, visited the children in A&E, the Paediatric Assessment Unit at City Hospital, and all of the paediatric wards at Sandwell, to deliver gifts which had been donated by Barhale Construction and Ernst and Young. Staff in A&E were particularly pleased to receive a visit from Rosie’s helping hands. They said they really appreciated the chance to bring some extra comfort to the children in their care even though they would only be there for a short while.

Head of Fundraising Carly Jones said: “The kindness and generosity that people have shown this year has been overwhelming. These may be challenging times, but it has not broken the spirit of people in the West Midlands to support their local community. A massive thank you goes out to everyone who has supported us at Christmas and throughout the year.

To find out more about where your donations go, visit the SWBH pinterest site http://pinterest.com/swbhnhs/fundraising/

For more information about how you can get involved with the work of Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals Charity contact the fundraising team on 0121 507 5036