Charity Champion

Granddad Collects Charity Coffers

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: Ken Wright
Occupation: Retired
Hometown: Bromsgrove
Brief Description: Ken collected all his new £5 notes until he reached £1,000, so he could donate them to Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity to say thank you for his granddaughter’s care.

A loving grandfather whose grandchild was once given 48 hours to live has collected this week’s Charity Champion title, after accumulating 200 new £5 notes in order to donate £1,000 to Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity.

Seventy-nine-year-old Ken Wright, a retired blast furnaceman from Bromsgrove, collected the cash for the children’s hospital in honour of his 26-year-old granddaughter, Charley.

Now a healthy, trainee teacher, at 12-years-old Charley was diagnosed with Wilson’s Disease – a rare, inherited disorder that causes too much copper to accrue in the liver, brain and other vital organs.

Rushed to hospital with suspected appendicitis, doctors quickly identified Charley’s condition, which meant she needed a liver transplant. Charley spent eight weeks on Birmingham Children’s Hospital’s Liver Unit (Ward 8), leaving her granddad feeling grateful she’d been given a second chance at life.

He said: “Charley has been living life to the full since her time at the hospital, recently going travelling for a year around Australia and she’s also due to get married next year – all of which would never have been possible if it wasn’t for the hard-working, love, care and dedication of the entire team at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

“Her nurses, play workers, doctors, physiotherapists and teachers were all the building blocks to giving Charley a second chance at life. When I heard about the first fiver campaign, I decided to do it my own way! My fundraising is just a small gesture of thanks which, as a family, we’d like to donate to Ward 8, to whom we are eternally grateful.”

Annie Eytle, Acting Events and Regional Fundraising Manager at Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity, added: “We’d like to say a huge thank you to Ken for devising such an innovative fundraiser and raising an incredible amount of money for our Liver Unit to celebrate the new £5 notes coming into circulation.

“The money he has donated will make a big difference to our brave young patients and their families cared for on Ward 8, which is one of the busiest liver units in the world.”