On Sunday 5 September colleagues from University Hospitals Birmingham (UHB) and The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital (ROH) joined together for their first-ever cricket match raising funds for both hospitals. ROH team captains, Rajpal Nandra (Research Fellow), James Jones (Research Healthcare Technician) UHB team captains Martin Collard (Head Biomedical Scientist) and Deepak Parasuraman- (Consultant Paediatrician) , drummed up some healthy competition between the two hospitals in order to support the events main goal, raising funds for Children & Young People’s Services across the region.
Teams were made up of consultants, physiotherapists, nurses, finance teams and more. Whilst the match was taking place spectators enjoyed the food, drinks and ice-cream available from the local suppliers who kindly supported this event. Face painting stall and garden games were also available for anyone who wanted to pass the time between games.
Over 250 tickets were sold and we were overjoyed with the turnout on the day (the sunshine certainly came out for us and made it an extra special). Spectators supported the event by purchasing raffle tickets, supporting the tombola and bidding some big money on our silent auction, all of which were items kindly donated to us by our wonderful partners, sponsors and local businesses.
“It was such a fantastic day, everyone was so welcoming and all good sports regardless of the results. It was so nice to do something normal especially after everything we have all been through with the pandemic" Melissa Daly – Porter at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham and cricket player for UHB.
Team ROH took home the trophy, but in our eyes every player was a winner for taking part. Overall we managed to raise almost £2,000 on the day which will be split 50/50 over both trusts' Children & Young People’s departments.
“These funds will enable us to take larger strides towards enhancing the care given to patients referred to Children and Young People’s services at ROH as well as give greater support to parents and families too” Monica Allen – ROH Children & Young People’s Services Manager
We would like to say a huge thank you to the following businesses for supporting this event, without whom we would not have raised these vital funds:
“This is the first event we have been able to support in a safe way despite of the pandemic, so it’s been really special to see people out enjoying themselves whilst supporting both Trusts. It was a great success, we saw engagement from our NHS colleagues, patients, businesses and the public, we couldn’t have asked for anything more. “ Ali Gray – Charity Manager
Thank you to all those to supported the event to make it a success!
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