Charity Champion

Teachers Take On Fundraising Run

Birmingham 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: Fullbrook Nursery School
Occupation: Teachers
Hometown: Walsall
Brief Description: Three members of staff at Fullbrook Nursery School ran 250km in just four weeks to raise £1,716 for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity, which is treating pupil, Lukas, for Leukaemia.

Enthusiastic employees at Fullbrook Nursery School in Walsall were always on track to win this week’s Charity Champion coveted title, after running 250km in just four weeks to raise a ‘run-derful’ £1,716 for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity. 

Inspired by four-year-old Lukas, who was diagnosed with Leukaemia in 2016, three members of staff – Shellaine Barber, Natalie Homer and Andrina Flinders – conquered the challenge in aid of the children’s hospital’s Oncology Unit (Ward 15), where Lukas is being treated.

Fellow colleagues and families at Fullbrook Nursery School generously sponsored the kind-hearted trio and organised other fundraising events, such as bake sales and fancy dress days, in honour of Lukas, who is one-year into his three-year chemotherapy treatment.

Whilst his prognosis is good, Lukas has had some difficult times and Fullbrook Nursery School is now planning a second sponsored event in the autumn term, as well as a bulb planting event to continue its fundraising efforts.

Andrina Flinders, Head Teacher at Fullbrook Nursery School, said: “The children’s hospital is helping Lukas to get better and the nursing staff have all really supported us in learning about Lukas’ condition and how we can support him during his time at nursery.

“Everyone at our school really got behind our charity event and it was incredible to see what could be achieved by all pulling together. We wanted to show Lukas and his family that they have our full support during this difficult time – and we don’t plan on stopping!”

Annie Eytle, Acting Events and Regional Fundraising Manager at Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity, added: “We’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone who supported Shallaine’s, Natalie’s and Andrina’s fundraising run and helped to raise such an incredible amount for our charity.

“The money Fullbrook Nursery School has donated will make a massive difference to the lives of our brave children and their families on our Oncology Unit, which treats hundreds of patients each year with cancer, leukaemia and brain tumours.”