Charity Champion

Tender-hearted Teen Thanks Ward 15

Ex-Leukaemia patient Olivia Steele hands her £351 fundraising cheque to Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity.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: Olivia Steele
Occupation: Student at Sandwell College
Hometown: West Bromwich
Brief Description: Ex-Leukaemia patient Olivia organised a fundraising day, which raised £351 for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity.

A 17-year-old student who has bravely fought Leukaemia is this week’s Charity Champion after arranging a tea-riffic fundraising day which raised £351 for Birmingham Children’s Hospital’s Oncology Unit (Ward 15).

Diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia at just 23-months-old, Olivia Steele, from West Bromwich, was cared for by Birmingham Children’s Hospital for three years, requiring regular chemotherapy and a number of blood transfusions. 

Olivia, who has been in remission since five-years-old, recently attended her final hospital appointment. To coincide with this momentous milestone, the Sandwell College student organised her fundraising event, which saw 50 of Olivia’s friends and family enjoy cake sales, games and raffles to raise the money.

Over the past four years, Olivia has committed to raise funds for Ward 15, even taking part in Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity’s Stair Rush in 2013, which saw her climb to the top of The Cube at just 14-years-old.

The tender-hearted teen now promises to be a fundraiser for life and to date has raised £563. She said: “I am fully dedicated to supporting Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity after Ward 15 saved my life.

“The hospital means so much to me – more than I will ever be able to explain! – and it was like saying goodbye to my family when I recently attended my last-ever appointment. I would like to thank the whole team for their support and encouragement throughout my hospital journey.

“Having now raised £563, I will continue to fundraise for the Oncology Unit to show the hospital how truly grateful me and my family are. It is also my dream to work at the hospital as a Play Therapist, to allow me to give the brilliant hospital experience that I had to other poorly patients.”

Annie Eytle, Acting Events and Regional Fundraising Manager at Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity, added: “It’s so inspirational to hear how the world-class care our hospital provides inspires people to fundraise and we’d like to say a huge thank you to Olivia for her incredible charity support.

“The money she 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 just like Olivia every year.”