Volunteers from the West Brom swapped the office for the great outdoors to lend a hand at Sandwell General Hospital.
The group of ten colleagues from the building society spent the day transforming a play area outside the Hospital’s paediatric unit. They also planted bulbs around the site ready to add a splash of colour for next spring.
The volunteer work is the first stage in a major renovation of the leisure space used by children during their stay at Sandwell.
Nearly £20,000 has been raised – including a £3,000 donation from the West Brom via its charitable arm the Mercian Community Trust – which will be used to create zoned spaces themed for different age groups.
It will also fund an exciting array of new play equipment, including a waterplay table, puzzle panel, xylophone and talking flowers, plus a fitness bench and exercise bike for older children.
But before the contractors make a start, the area needed cleaning, tidying and painting, which is why the West Brom offered to step in.
Communications Manager Jim King said: “When we heard about Sandwell General Hospital’s plans for the play area we thought it would be an ideal project to support, both financially and through our volunteering policy which enables all colleagues to spend time working in the local community.”
Paul Scott, Estates and Technical Project Manager for Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals, added: “The West Brom’s fantastic work has got this scheme off to a really good start. It’s important that young children and adolescents who spend time with us have somewhere they can play and relax. We know they are pleased with the improvements made so far.”