Children’s Hospital gratefully receive two new monitors
Image courtesy of Danny Ryan MBE
The Birmingham Children’s Hospital Cancer Unit received two new life saving monitors last month thanks to the efforts of Danny Ryan, Anne Nesbit, staff and customers from The Maggies public house in Hall Green, Birmingham. Danny said, “Harp readers may recall a fundraiser that took place a few months ago at the Maggies pub where I launched an appeal for the Birmingham Children’s Hospital Cancer Unit.
“As part of his appeal, Anne Nesbit, staff and customers from the pub organised a Family Fun Day to raise much needed funds to support the appeal and help buy two Vital Signs Monitors for Ward 15, which is the main children’s Oncology ward.
“The day consisted of a sponsored Pig Roast, a fun day and entertainment provided by Gerard Brogan and Joe McGrath from Take Two, with a fantastic £4,000 being raised on the day.
“The main sponsor, Andrew Cecil (Jobie) from Masons Logistics, Yardley, provided all sponsorship of the event on the day and with help from staff and regulars, the event was a wonderful success.”
Danny Ryan and Ann Nesbit were invited to the hospital recently to see for themselves the monitors that were purchased as a result of everybody’s hard work at The Maggies.
Danny said, “The hospital approached me some time ago asking if I could help with the purchase of a number of monitors that they desperately need on the Cancer ward and I was happy to launch this appeal. The Ward Manager has informed me that they require another ten of these monitors, so I will be continuing in my quest to help buy some more.
“I feel very privileged that the people of Birmingham and West Midlands keep supporting appeals that I launch, especially in the purchase of equipment that hospitals desperately need. Fundraising events such as that at The Maggies, which received tremendous support, continue to inspire me to do what I do and I really appreciate everybody involved.”
Kate West, community fundraising officer at the Birmingham Children’s Hospital said, “We really do appreciate the ongoing commitment that Danny has given to the Cancer Unit appeal and these monitors that have been purchased will help save children’s lives.
“They measure the blood, gas and oxygen saturation of young patients who are very poorly on the ward.”
Danny Ryan has been raising money for hospitals, hospices and good causes in Birmingham for over 24 years and has raised in excess of £2.6 million pounds, since he first started fundraising and was awarded an MBE in 2001 for his outstanding contribution to fundraising.
The Birmingham Children’s Hospital is currently raising money to provide a brand new specialist Cancer Centre that will be built at the rear of the existing hospital in Steelhouse Lane. Their original four million pound appeal for this is now down to its last half million.
The Centre, when built, will provide a more modern facility in the treatment of young patients as the current centre treats over 3,000 patients a year from all over the region and beyond.