A runner dressed as Austin Powers ran the Bupa Great Birmingham Run backwards this weekend, with over 1,000 others, to raise money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
The hospital’s biggest team ever took part this year, with 1,070 runners looking set to raise a huge £147,000 for the hospital.
The hospital relies on charitable donations from the public to buy vital equipment and continually improve the facilities that it provides for children, young people and their families.
Runners could choose which ward or department they raised money for, with many choosing the hospital’s £4 million Children’s Cancer Centre Appeal, which aims to improve the lives of the 3,000 cancer patients and their families who are treated at the hospital each year, by totally transforming the cancer unit facilities and accommodation.
One of the first Birmingham Children’s Hospital runners past the line was Pippa Bullock, from London, who finished in just over two hours and raised nearly £5,000 for the Children’s Cancer Centre Appeal. Her nephew Ted, from Herefordshire, is currently being treated by the cancer team.
Several of the team, alongside Austin Powers, were in fancy dress including Big Bird, The Fat Controller and trains from Thomas the Tank and Balloo from the Jungle Book.
Vikki Savery, Public Fundraising Manager at Birmingham Children’s Hospital said: “This is the biggest team of runners Birmingham Children’s Hospital has ever had – we are immensely proud of all of them and hugely grateful for their fundraising efforts. This will mean a big boost for the Children’s Cancer Centre Appeal and take us a step closer to improving the lives of our cancer patients and their families.
“Our next exciting fundraising event is our Candlelit Winter Ball on 10 November at the University of Birmingham’s Great Hall, and people can find out more about it at www.bch.org.uk”
Birmingham Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust provides a comprehensive service to children, young people and their families.
We are one of the leading paediatric teaching centres in the country, with international research and development in areas such as:
- Childhood cancer studies
- Liver disease
- Infection, inflammation and immunity
- Molecular genetics of childhood conditions (how these are passed on, and how they cause disease in the body in terms of chemistry)
- Nutrition, growth and metabolism in childhood
- Drug use in children
- Relapsed and refractory acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
- Infant neuroblastoma
- Infant brain tumours
Our facilities include:
- A 22 bedded Paediatric Intensive Care Unit
- A centre of excellence for children with cancer, cardiac, liver and renal disease
- A national transplant centre
- 280 inpatient and day-case beds including Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
- 38 specialties and supporting departments
- An Emergency Department dealing with over 45,000 patients a year
- Twelve theatres
- Three MRI scanners
- A CT Scanner
- An endoscopy suite
- A catheter laboratory with digital imaging facility
- Burn, Neonatal Surgery and Education Centre
- Wellcome Clinical Research Facility
- Renal Unit
- Teenage Cancer Trust Unit
- Ronald McDonald House (parent and family accommodation).