Deck the Wards!

Helpers Get Children’s Hospital Ready for Christmas

A team of volunteers from West Brom building society have helped bring some festive cheer to patients at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

Colleagues were invited to decorate the out-patients area within the hospital’s burns centre ready for Christmas.

The Society donated a colourful array of decorations, while the six volunteers brought along handmade paper snowflakes, snowmen, a Christmas tree and bags of ‘magic reindeer food’. They also made up activity packs for children to use while waiting for their appointments.

West Brom’s Jill Littlewood was among the volunteers.  She said: “We really enjoyed taking on the challenge of decorating the burns centre.  We had two hours to get everything done and we hope the patients and nursing staff are pleased with the end result. 

“Everyone involved responded with enthusiasm and was happy to lend a hand with sourcing or making decorations, which goes to show how loved and well respected Birmingham Children’s Hospital really is.”

The West Brom is a major supporter of Birmingham Children’s Hospital thanks to money raised annually through its Red Balloon affinity savings account.  More than £500,000 has been donated since the account was launched in 2007, with some of that total helping to fund the original development of the burns centre.

Helen King, the hospital’s play specialist and child and family support worker, said: “We would like to thank the West Brom’s team for giving up their time to come in and decorate for us.  Everyone that has seen the area really likes and it and says how festive it looks.”

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