Charity Champion

Fundraising Father Reaches New Heights

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: Callum Worker
Occupations: HGV driver at K Borley & Son Ltd
Hometown: Overseal, Swadlincote
Brief Description: Callum has raised £3,409 for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity and he’s planning to take on a new challenge every year in honour of his daughter Ivy-Rose’s exceptional care.

A fundraising father has climbed to the heights of this week’s Charity Champion top spot after tackling the highest mountain in the British Isles and raising nearly £3,500 for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity.

Inspired to take on a new challenge every year as a way to say thank you to the children’s hospital for saving his daughter’s life, Callum Worker started his mission by trekking 1,345 metres to the summit of Ben Nevis, alongside his four friends Joe Elkin, Adam Shephard, Richard Cope and Ricki Hill.

With a target of £1,000, the Overseal dad’s total soon rocketed to a fantastic £3,409 in honour of his daughter’s exceptional care. Ivy-Rose was transferred to Birmingham Children’s Hospital at just three-days-old with an infection and was found to have multiple holes in her heart, which was causing a bleed on her stomach and kidneys.

Thanks to the dedicated staff at the children’s hospital, Ivy-Rose started to make a slow recovery and the two-year-old now attends on-going appointments to monitor her condition. This year Callum is planning his second challenge – climbing three mountains in just 24 hours to raise more coffers for the hospital’s charity.

Callum, a HGV driver at K Borley & Son Ltd, said: “I’m planning to push myself every year to raise as much money as I can for the incredible hospital. I was overwhelmed with the support I received for my first challenge and I’m sure it will keep getting better and better!

“It was so emotional reaching the top of Ben Nevis and realising the difference I was making, giving something back. The hospital means everything to me and my family and I honestly believe I could do anything now – after all, I owe my daughter’s life to the hospital.”

Annie Eytle, Acting Events and Regional Fundraising Manager at Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity, added: “It’s really inspirational to hear how the world-class care our hospital provides every day inspires people to fundraise and we’d like to say a huge thank you to Callum for choosing to thank our hospital in this very special way.

“The money Callum has donated – and the funds he plans to continue to raise – will make a huge difference to our brave young patients and their families all across our hospital.”