One of Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity’s largest annual fundraising events, Big Bandage is back for 2018, and the charity is looking for it to be BIGGER, braver and better than ever with its Big Bandage Day on Friday 9 March!
Urging supporters to be brave in bandages, the charity is asking people to step out of their comfort zone and take on a brave challenge in support of the hospital’s many courageous kids. From taking on our sponsored abseil on the 10 March, to braving the shave and going bald in aid of the charity, there are many ways to fundraise and help the 90,000 sick children fight another day.
Miranda Williams, Public Fundraising Manager at Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital Charity, said: “Big Bandage Day is back, and it’s going to be bigger and better than ever! And all we’re asking is for people to be brave. Of course, we’re not expecting everyone to jump out of a plane or scale the side of a building (although you’re more than welcome to!). We’re just looking for people to take on a challenge which tests their nerve and pushes their comfort zone.
“However people decide to fundraise, all money raised will support Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity in our mission to raise the vital funds needed to make a real difference to all our incredibly brave children, offering them the best experience possible when treated at our hospital.”
One inspirationally brave patient in particular is four-year-old Penny Powell, who is a regular visitor to Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
Sutton-born Penny underwent a renal transplant in June last year after she was born weighing just 1lb 7oz and diagnosed at birth with renal failure. First time parents Michelle and Stuart were keen to be Penny’s donor, but after tests revealed they were unfortunately not a match, Granddad John Powell stepped in.
Since her transplant just over six months ago, Penny is doing extremely well and Mum and Dad describe her as ‘the bravest little girl they know’.
How can you get involved in Big Bandage Day?
All it takes is three easy steps!
- Save the date – Friday 9th March
- Register to get your free fundraising pack at bch.org.uk/bb18
- Start planning your Big Bandage Day!
Get your work place or kids involved too and boost your fundraising by getting everyone to pay £2 and wear a bandage in support of our extraordinarily brave children.
Alternatively, instead of organising a Big Bandage fundraising event, you could be superhero brave and face your fears by taking part in our Be Brave Abseil on Saturday 10 March – you could even do it wrapped in bandages! Sign up here www.bch.org.uk/Event/abseil
If you don’t have the time to take on a challenge, you can still show your support for our brave patients by making a donation to the hospital charity and even wear a bandage on Big Bandage Day Friday 9 March. Get your workplace or kids school involved too!
To donate, all you need to do is text BIGB18 to 70070, or donate online via www.bch.org.uk/givetobb