Honourable Heroes 2021 As part of our annual recognition event, 100 Heroes, we announce our Honourable Heroes for the year, which recognise some amazing supporters who have gone above and beyond in aid of our charity. The categories are: Young Fundraiser of the Year: Any fundraiser under the age of 16, who has shown enthusiasm, dedication and determination to make a significant contribution to our hospital and patients. Volunteer of the Year: This award is for the selfless people who give us their time and expect nothing in return. Superstar Fundraiser: This award is to recognise someone who can’t give enough to our charity, who shouts about us at every opportunity, and who we’d be lost without. They give up their time to promote us on social media and to their networks to help us reach new audiences. Outstanding Contribution to Fundraising: This category is for a fundraiser who has made it their mission to support our charity and had a significant impact on our hospital. Remarkable Partnership: Recognising a Corporate Partner that has gone above and beyond in their support and loyalty to our charity. Corporate Supporter of the Year: We’re very lucky to have a number of loyal corporate supporters, this award recognises a company which has rallied its whole workforce into action, in order to raise vital funds for us. Corporate Charity Champion of the Year: The winner of this award is chosen by our fundraising team and recognises an employee from one of the businesses that support us – an individual who is integral to the businesses support and takes their fundraising to the next level. Nominees for these awards are submitted by the public and winners decided by our charitable trustee board. Please use this form if you would like to nominate someone for our 2022 event. Here are our winners from last year Young Fundraiser: Abigail Wattis To thank our hospital for the two operations and care her brother, Oliver, received to remove a spinal tumour, Abigail organised a tremendous 35-mile bike ride from her home to our hospital. Joined by her family and friends, Abigail tackled many different weather conditions but managed to reach the finish line in one day. Not only did she achieve this fantastic accomplishment, she also raised just under an incredible £4,000 for us too. Volunteer of the Year: Charles Brook Christmas at our hospital was made all the more magical in 2020 thanks to Charles, who helped bring our spectacular virtual grotto to life. From recording and editing over 130 videos to composing a bespoke jingle that filled homes with the sounds of the season, Charles helped us to deliver special messages from Santa to hundreds of children on the run up to the big day. He became our very own Christmas Elf and thanks to his generous gift of time, enabled us to raise over £1,700 to spread festive cheer across our hospital too. Superstar Fundraiser of the Year: Lucy Chatting Lucy is one of our most loyal and passionate supporters, having raised over an astonishing £200,000 for our Oncology and Research Departments under the fundraising alias, Carter the Brave. Along with friends and family, Lucy managed to raise over an incredible £69,000 for us in 2020. Even though she had to postpone their annual Winter Ball, family and friends rallied together to take on a number of other fundraisers, including head shaves and an amazing online auction. Her tenacious approach to fundraising for us is second to none. Outstanding Contribution to Fundraising: St Michael’s C of E High School Since they began fundraising for us back in 2012, nothing has stopped the staff and pupils at St Michael’s in Rowley Regis from supporting us. Despite balancing remote teaching and learning throughout 2020, they still managed to launch one of our first virtual fundraisers, a pyjama party, where everyone made a donation to join in and donned their finest sleepwear. Next came a Star Wars themed virtual balloon race and then a virtual step challenge! The pupils and staff were determined to keep adding to their phenomenal fundraising total in new and creative ways, which saw them raise over a truly magnificent £3,700, helping them hit the incredible fundraising milestone of £40,000 last year. Remarkable Partnership: Gymshark Gymshark pledged its support to us at the beginning of 2020 to help not only with an exceptional financial donation, but also by offering invaluable volunteering support so our Trust could continue to deliver its vital services. Over 650 hours were donated by the team, who delivered medication and prescriptions across the region and beyond. Simultaneously, they created a social media campaign takeover in the form of #NHSSweatySelfie to also help raise awareness of the incredible work taking place across our Trust. Our relationship continues to build momentum with more exciting plans already underway for 2021. Corporate Supporter of the Year:HSBC Birmingham Branches The teams at HSBC branches across Birmingham offered much-needed, consistent support to us throughout 2020, raising money for us each month. They organised and hosted an abundance of virtual quizzes, put on a bingo night, held a number of fundraisers across their branches and some team members even braved the shave! Their remarkable fundraising over the past year has seen them raise over a truly amazing £5,400 which will go on to support the patients and families our hospital cares for. Corporate Charity Champion:Katiren Goosens (LMJV) The team at LM JV has been a brilliant supporter of ours since 2018 and it’s thanks to Katrien that the partnership has gone from strength to strength. By consistently sharing our fundraising ideas with her team and inviting us along to speak to her colleagues about the work of our hospital, Katrien has created an amazing fundraising culture. The team regularly takes part in events to raise money for us, including the Great Birmingham Run, and became fundraisers for the day in our Apprentice Challenge. They also donned their finest woolly knits for our annual Jolly Jumper Day. Last year, Katrien also arranged for a beautiful owl wood carving to be donated to our hospital, a feature that has become a much-loved part of our Matron’s Garden where staff, patients and families can visit for a few moments of peace. On top of everything else, when their fundraising plans had to be suspended last year, Katrien organised for LM JV to make a £3,000 donation to our charity, something which offered a huge boost to us at a time when it was very much needed.