A brave school boy has landed this week’s Charity Champion title after raising over £2,000 for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity.

Nine-year-old James Crone, who is currently a patient at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, recently played a solo cornet concert at the hospital’s main Outpatients area raising £2,200 for the hospital’s charity.

James wanted to raise money to say thank you for the incredible care he has received at the children’s hospital. In June 2017, he had a very long epileptic fit and was later diagnosed with a brain tumour. He is currently waiting to undergo brain surgery, which surgeons hope will stop his seizures.

James said: “After I found out about my brain tumour, I decided I wanted to help other children who are being looked after by the hospital. I offered to play my cornet in the hospital to help cheer people up, and raise money for the hospital, and the lovely doctors and nurses who work there.

“I had a great time performing for patients at the hospital - one lady, who was a musician herself, even asked if she could video me! I’m really pleased to be able to give something back to the hospital, and l hope the money raised will go on to help other patients like me.”

Miranda Williams, Public Fundraising Manager at Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital Charity, said:  “We’re so thankful to the incredibly talented James Crone for choosing to raise money for our charity and help make a big difference by doing what he loves - making music! We wish him all the best for his upcoming surgery.

“Our hospital treats over 90,000 children and young people from across the country every year, and the money James has raised will help to support our brave patients, their families and the staff who care for them.”

For more information on Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity, email [email protected], or call 0121 333 8506.