SWBH staff abseil for asthma.

Supporters of SWBH Trust charity recently braved driving wind and rain to complete an abseil down the side of House of Fraser in Birmingham.

The event was in memory of City Hospital staff nurse Ramandeep Kaur, who died following an asthma attack aged just 22. Doctors, nurses and staff from various other departments, including Chief Nurse Rachel Overfield, were joined by fundraisers from outside the NHS to raise money for local asthma services as well as awareness of the condition that affects over 5 million people in the UK.

Despite wintery weather, every courageous participant completed the abseil and even managed to smile for a photograph, taken as they stepped off the 100ft high roof. There was a great atmosphere as friends, family and colleagues applauded and cheered from the safety of the pavement. The charity’s mascot, an almost life-size teddy bear named Challenge Charley, even got in on the action and completed the abseil, with the help of abseil instructors of course!

Carly Jones, Head of Fundraising said: “It’s fantastic that so many people have come to show their support for the event. We’re amazed by the courage of everyone including Challenge Charley, our fundraising mascot who also made the descent!

It is a reflection of how cherished Ramandeep was that the day has been so successful and we feel privileged to have been able to do this event in her memory.

We’re enormously grateful to our abseil instructors from Creation Climbing Centre and the staff at House of Fraser without who we couldn’t have made the event happen.

Sponsorship money is still being collected but over £2000 has already been raised to help asthma patients in Sandwell and Birmingham.

Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals Charity supports City Hospital in Birmingham, Sandwell General Hospital and Rowley Regis Community Hospital as well as community healthcare services in its locality.

If you would like to help raise money for Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals Charity please contact the SWBH Fundraising Team on 0121 507 5196 or email swbh.fundraising@nhs.net .