Four fantastic volunteers from the West Brom swapped pens and passbooks for pipe-cleaners and paintbrushes when they used their craft skills to entertain young patients at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
Claire Page, Manager of Merry Hill branch, Charlotte Sinclair-Brown, from Knowle, and Liz Dunkley and Leah Coates, both from Sutton Coldfield, brought along a colourful collection of arts materials to take part in the Art Kart initiative and help keep children occupied while waiting for appointments.
Claire said: “Joining in with Art Kart was incredibly rewarding. Whether we were helping with colouring a picture or designing a greetings card, it was lovely to see the children enjoying themselves at what can sometimes be a difficult time.”
West Brom colleagues are regular contributors to the Art Kart sessions, often in the Outpatients department and sometimes in Accident & Emergency.
Elinor Eustace, Deputy Director of Fundraising at the hospital, said: “We’re very grateful to the fantastic team from the West Brom who entertained the children with arts and crafts activities. Art Kart is run monthly and helps to keep the children distracted by producing something fun that they can take home after their appointment.
“The project relies on volunteers and we really appreciate the time and support this group gave and the materials they provided.”
The West Brom is a long-standing supporter of Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
Through our Red Balloon Appeal Account, launched in 2007, we have contributed more than £600,000 to this extremely worthy cause.