Charity Champion

Friends raise an ‘un-believa-ball’ £13,000

Fundraising friends Sophie, Jade and Lauren raise £13,000 for Birmingham Children’s Hospital CharityBirmingham Children’s Hospital has thousands of supporters and fundraisers who repeatedly go out of their way to make a real difference to the children and young people in Birmingham and beyond. Each week we will be telling the story of one of the hospital’s dedicated Charity Champions to highlight the difference that they are making.

Charity Champion Profile

Name: Sophie McEvoy
Occupation: Sales assistant at Bournville Catering Equipment
Hometown: Birmingham
Brief Description: Sophie organised a black tie ball with her friends Jade and Lauren, which raised £13,000 for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity.

A group of three fundraising friends have picked up this week’s Charity Champion crown after organising a black tie ball and raising a ‘fan-tux-tic’ £13,000 for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity.

Sophie McEvoy, a sales assistant at Bournville Catering Equipment, arranged the glamorous gathering along with Jade Troth and Lauren McLean, in celebration of their friend Georgina’s son, Bobby’s, exceptional care.

In 2015, two-year-old Bobby was diagnosed with a brain tumour and he’s been under the care of Birmingham Children’s Hospital’s Neurosurgery Ward (Ward 10) ever since, after having a life-saving operation to relieve the pressure on his brain.

Still having weekly chemotherapy treatment, which is due to finish in August, Bobby is now going from strength to strength and his tumour remains stable, which inspired 27-year-old Sophie to dust off her finest fundraising frock, all in aid of Ward 10.

She said: “Birmingham Children’s Hospital is an invaluable facility and we’re so grateful to all of the amazing staff that have helped to treat Bobby and lots of other children and young people. The children’s hospital charity was such an easy cause to sell – Georgina even made a heartfelt speech during the ball, which had everyone in floods of tears.”

Annie Eytle, Acting Events and Regional Fundraising Manager at Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity, added: “It’s always lovely to hear that the care our hospital provides day in, day out, inspires families and friends to fundraise and we’re so thankful to Sophie, Jade and Lauren for raising such an incredible sum for our charity!

“The money they have donated will make a massive difference to the lives of our brave children and their families on our Neurosurgery Ward, which looks after our poorly patients with brain and spinal conditions.”