Fun day for charity A mother and son have been awarded this week’s Charity Champion title after raising an incredible £2,038.72 for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity. Following the incredible care he receives at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Maxi was inspired to organise a fun day to raise vital funds for the Star Appeal, to help other children at the hospital like him. Maxi was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder called auto immune haemolytic anaemia, at just three years old. His condition means he often visits the Children’s Hospital on a weekly basis. In order to thank the hospital for their amazing care, Hollie and Maxi turned to fundraising. Mum, Hollie, commented: “The hospital is a huge part of our lives, all of the staff there are amazing - especially the doctors and the phlebotomy team. We can’t thank them enough for everything they’ve done for us. “We’ve met so many wonderful families during our time at Birmingham Children’s Hospital so we wanted to do something that would help them and other children in similar situations as Maxi. The new centre will mean that families can have all of their appointments in one day, at one location – it will make a huge difference.” Miranda Williams, Public Fundraising Manager at Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital Charity, added: “We’re incredibly grateful to Maxi and his mum, Hollie, who took the time to organise their fun day and raise vital funds for our charity’s Star Appeal. “Their fun day has contributed to funding the UK’s first-of-its-kind Rare Disease Centre, providing a single place within the hospital for all assessment, diagnosis, treatment and research for children with rare diseases - we’re looking forward to the new centre opening later this year.” For more information on Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity, visit www.bch.org.uk, email [email protected] or call 0121 333 8506.