Charity Panel gives Harborne home a helping hand

The Little Sisters of the Poor, who run a home for the poor and the elderly in Harborne, have been given a helping hand with a £300 donation from the National Express Employee Charity Panel.

Tom Stenson, a Recruitment Officer at National Express West Midlands’ Walsall training centre, applied to the company’s Employee Charity Panel and requested a donation to help with fundraising towards the much needed replacement of the home’s heating system. 

Tom’s wife and sister-in-law have been carers at the home for the last 30 years and Tom helps out by getting involved in fundraising events when he can. At a recent dance event he helped to raise over £3,000 towards the home’s heating replacement target of £150,000. When he isn't working, Tom is also called upon to help transport some of the residents to hospital appointments, or to take the sisters to local fundraising events.

On receiving the £300 donation, Tom said “"I would like to thank the Employee Charity Panel on behalf of Mother Jacinta and the Little Sisters of the Poor at St Joseph's Home for the elderly. This kind donation of £300 has been added to the fundraising that is currently on-going to enable the home to upgrade the heating system. The total amount raised so far is £70,000 which is almost half of the £150,000 required to complete the work."

The Little Sisters arrived in Birmingham 150 years ago and have been at their present site for the last 140 years.

The National Express Employee Charity Panel helps support employees in their own charitable work.  The panel is made up of employees from around the National Express business who meet quarterly to decide which good causes they will support.  The panel awarded almost £17,000 to 65 charities and organisations nominated by employees throughout 2014.

Published 12th February 2015