Two musical twins have been awarded this week’s Charity Champion title after raising an incredible £6,148.61 for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity.

Following the incredible care Seb received at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, twins Seb and Jess Foxwell, aged 12, were inspired, to organise a 24-hour ‘play-a-thon’ raising vital funds to help other children at the hospital requiring similar care.

Keen and talented musicians since they were just four years old, a simple trip and fall as Seb rushed to show his mum something he had learnt on the piano could have ended any chance of a career in music before it had even began. Seb caught his finger under the door severing both tendons in his index finger of his left hand.  

Subsequently, Seb underwent five operations at Birmingham Children’s Hospital and a complete tendon reconstruction on his left hand following a tendon injury. A brave six-year-old at the time, Seb also received many physio therapy sessions to teach him how to use his hand and fingers again.

“Without Birmingham Children’s Hospital and the skills of Seb’s surgeon he would have no bend and would not be able to play music at all.” comments Seb’s Mum, Lisa.

The family have now turned to fundraising to say thank you for the amazing care Seb received during his time at the hospital. Inspired by their love of music, the twins decided to organise a 24-hour ‘play-a-thon’ in the local church; All Saints, Burton Dasset. Hitting all the right notes, the talented duo ensured music was played every second of the 24-hour period.

Seb said: “The event was great fun! All our family and friends came to support us and we also had well wishes from lots of others including some of the staff and surgeons from the hospital! The best thing about it was being able to give something back to a hospital we will always be thankful for. We hope that the £6,000+ we raised will help someone else who also needs treatment just like I did.” 

Miranda Williams, Public Fundraising Manager at Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity, added: “We’re incredibly grateful to the Foxwell twins, who took the time to organise their musical marathon raising an incredible £6,148.61.”

The money they have donated will make a massive difference to the children on our Hand and Upper Limb Department ensuring we can continue to offer the world-class facilities our brave families deserve.”

Seb and Jess, who now attend Stowe School Mr Buckingham, now play with the National Children’s Orchestra and are playing a winter concert at Birmingham Symphony Hall in December.

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