Charity Champion


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: Bournville School
Occupation: Students and staff
Hometown: Bournville
Brief Description: Students and staff at Bournville School organised a Big Sleuth bake and non-uniform day, which raised £1,010 for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity.

Students and staff at Bournville School are this week’s Charity Champions, after organising a bear-illiant bake sale and raising £1,010 for an ‘im-paw-tant’ cause, Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity.

As well as painting a bear cub for The Big Sleuth – Britain’s biggest school public art event of 2017 – the entire school was inspired to bake it better for the children’s hospital, by arranging a charity cake sale and enjoying a dress-down day, in return for a donation.

Following the flying success of its predecessor, The Big Hoot, The Big Sleuth public art trail will see 96 beautifully decorated, giant sun bear sculptures on display across Bear-mingham from Monday 10 July, as well as 137 cub sculptures – including Bournville School’s bear, ‘Bournville Unwrapped’.

In addition to inspiring civic pride and giving families the opportunity to get active on a free and fun day out, Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity also hopes The Big Sleuth will raise over half a million pounds to support its pioneering work.

Joanne Tully, Assistant Headteacher at Bournville School, said: “We decided to fundraise for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity as part of The Big Sleuth project and we’re so proud of how successful our fundraising day was – it was even better than we hoped it would be!

“Our students showed a real sense of community spirit and there was a real buzz when our bake sale kicked off. There was a plethora of wonderful cakes, cupcakes, biscuits and other treats and we would like to say a huge thank you to our students, parents and staff for their immense generosity.”

Annie Eytle, Acting Events and Regional Fundraising Manager at Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity, added: “We’re incredibly grateful to the students and staff at Bournville School for helping us to do more for our sick kids by organising a ‘grrr-eat’ fundraiser, alongside decorating their bear cub.

“The money they have donated will make a massive difference to the lives of our brave children, ensuring our hospital can continue to push boundaries and offer the world-class facilities our families deserve.”

Whether you get sponsored to run, walk or cycle the route, or plan your very own bear-themed fundraiser, there are plenty of ways to get involved during the 10-week Big Sleuth trail.

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