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brmb Walkathon steps up for Birmingham Children’s Hospital
Birmingham Children’s Hospital was chosen to be the main charity for the 2011 event and the Hospital are hoping to raise enough money to be able to start renovating the A&E unit. When choosing the Children’s Hospital as the focus for it’s support, brmb commented on the desperate need for a makeover;
“The Emergency Department is currently very much a ‘Cinderella’ area with dark, cramped waiting areas, dilapidated decor and inefficient lay-out, all of which means a demoralising experience for its young patients, many of them already frightened or in pain.”
The main walk followed the number 11 circular bus route around the city but I caught up with the shorter, seven mile family and children’s walk just as they were streaming past George Cadbury’s iconic Bournville factory.
I got chatting with the Ellis family – young Tom with his Nan, Aunt and Cousin – who had already raised £400 in sponsorship and were carrying a collection bucket with them, hoping for more donations on the route. They were all smiles and glad to be raising money for the A&E department.
Ray Beeching and Sarah Tarrant from Sheldon, Birmingham, had a personal reason for walking for the hospital as Ray told me;
“Sarah’s daughter had a minor op at the hospital. They do good work and it is a worthy cause to be raising money for. We went to the Birmingham Children’s Hospital carol service before Christmas and were inspired by the work that they do.”
Some walkers took to the streets in fancy dress, including school-aged Holli who was walking with friends Jasmine and Ieva from Streetly School, Sutton Coldfield. Holli was getting “a bit hot” in her green dinosaur suit – complete with yellow spots and two foot tail! They had raised £350 between them with sponsorship from friends and teachers at school and from staff at Landrover.
brmb DJs Giuliano and Sparky were also taking part in the full 21-mile walk and had already raised £727 through their JustGiving page with donations still pouring in. About the walk, they said;
“We’re doing the BRMB Walkathon as Jo & Foxy are too lazy… PLUS – it’s a great cause raising money for The Birmingham Childrens Hospital.”