National Express West Midlands raises thousands for Birmingham Children’s Hospital

Bus company National Express West Midlands has presented Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity with almost £2,000 to help young patients and their families when they need it most.

The operator’s Birmingham Central garage, which has over 700 employees, selected Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity as its community partner and is focusing its charitable efforts on raising as much money as possible for the charity.

Staff and drivers at the garage organised various events to raise awareness and funds for the charity, including fun runs and a family and friends fancy dress party for colleagues and members of the public. But perhaps the biggest event so far was the bespoke 666 zombie bus which completed a loop around Birmingham at Halloween. Customers hopped on the #BrumZombieBus for free in exchange for a small donation towards the charity. 

Jenny Tocknell, Operations Manager at National Express West Midlands, said:

“Many colleagues across our business have children who have received the very best treatment and care at Birmingham Children’s Hospital so we’re delighted to be able to support the charity. 

“The hospital looks after thousands of children not just locally but from across the UK and we’re very proud to have been able to raise funds through our community partnership. We’re looking forward to continuing our work supporting Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity this year.”

Kirsty White, Corporate Partnerships Officer at Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity, added: “We are incredibly grateful to National Express West Midlands for all its support. 

“The money raised will go a long way to making a huge difference to the lives of our brave children and their families, as we continue our plans to improve our facilities – enabling us to treat even more children from Birmingham, the West Midlands and around the country.”

This summer Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity is launching a collection of up to 100 giant bear sculptures across Birmingham as part of their latest adventure, The Big Sleuth. 

A trail of bears will appear throughout the city inspiring locals and visitors from further afield to find the bears whilst uncovering the city’s cultural gems and areas they may not have explored before. 

As the region’s largest operator National Express West Midlands bus services may become a bear necessity for those looking to join the adventure and is encouraging passengers to find the National Express West Midlands bear which will be hiding out in Bearwood.

Published 17th May 2017