We strongly believe in supporting local charities and other local businesses and in January 2016, after an internal survey, we nominated Birmingham Children’s Hospital as our chosen Commercial Express charity.
All our efforts go into raising as much money as we possibly can for this charity – last year saw us hold many events including quiz nights, sponsored walks, Corporate Golf Days and football matches to compliment the monthly sizeable donation, and we have many more exciting fundraising plans for 2017.
Click below to see a video of our 2016 fundraising efforts.
The Commercial Express charity for 2017 is the Birmingham Children’s Hospital. Their aim is to make a real difference to the children at the hospital, their families and to the staff who treat them, by providing additional facilities, equipment and research and by creating a caring environment for all who use the hospital. Birmingham Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust provides the widest range of children’s health services for young patients from Birmingham and beyond, with over 270,000 patients a year. They are a nationally designated specialist centre for epilepsy and a trauma centre for the West Midlands, a national liver and small bowel transplant centre and also a centre of excellence for complex heart conditions. They also specialise in the treatment of burns, cancer, liver and kidney diseases and have one of the largest Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in the country.
Brother and sister, eight-year-old Noah and six-year-old Ruby, both have a rare inherited metabolic condition called Glutaric Aciduria Type 1, an illness which turns the protein in food into a toxin that affects the movement part of the brain. Noah, nicknamed “smiler” for his happy, cheeky personality, wasn’t diagnosed until he was 10-months-old and as a consequence, is more severely affected than his younger sister, who, thanks to early intervention, was diagnosed shortly after birth. Whilst the pair from West Bromwich tackle their condition side by side, Noah suffered a metabolic stroke prior to his diagnosis and as a result, he has a separate condition called Dystonia, which causes spasms and muscle stiffness and means he is unable to walk or talk. But despite their differences, both siblings must follow a strict diet and take medication every day to ensure toxins don’t build up in their bodies. Having two children with a rare condition would be hard work for any family, but mum, Rebekah and dad, Arron, also have six other children, meaning life is always exceptionally busy. Despite the constant worry that eating the wrong foods could have catastrophic consequences for Noah and Ruby, Rebekah never wants them to feel afraid and hopes they will continue to develop as far as they can. “It’s not about perfection,” she says. “I just want them to make as much progress as possible and be as happy and healthy as they can be.”
We never forget this is a children’s hospital and that children need a chance to play and learn. This can have a huge impact on their successful recovery. Charitable donations have funded improvements to the hospital environment so that we can create a ‘home away from home’. In recent years we have funded children’s playrooms, family areas, outdoor play areas and have recently begun work on a sensory garden.
We are currently running a Foosball competition in our head office kitchen. We are yet to hold the final but each team has paid to enter, with the total going to BCH.
We are having our annual Corporate Golf Day on September 28th this year, and we are hoping to raise money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital along with a great day out.
We have installed a ‘Charity Wall’ in the kitchen of the CE offices which keeps all staff up to date on the events planned, fundraising ideas and the total amount raised so far for BCH.
We also want to support our agents – you – in the charities that you are involved in and hold dear to your hearts. If you are involved in fundraising in any way, please let us know about it so that we can talk about it on this area of our website, include it in our social media and in our regular newsletters.
Clark Thomson Insurance Brokers
Dalai Lama Trek
Kelly Howley of Clark Thomson Insurance Brokers in Inverness is trekking in the footsteps of the Dalai Lama this April, to raise money for Birchwood Highland, a charity providing support for people with mental ill health. Kellie explains; “I feel so lucky to be part of an amazing experience and being able to support an amazing charity.
“What a challenge it’s going to be for me and all my new trekking friends but it will definitely be a rewarding one. A trek over five days which will involve climbing up mountains, walking through pine forests, having to cross a suspension bridge (not looking forward to that!) trekking on the glacier and trying to hop over large boulders on the way down and much more…….
“I am so looking forward to the training and working really hard!” 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem in any one given year. If you want to get involved and support Kelly please visit their just giving Page here.
Magical Taxi Tour
Plan Insurance were involved for the 3rd year in the Magical Taxi Tour which takes sick and terminally ill children to Disneyland Paris in a convoy of over 200 cabs. Their very own livery man Daniel Severin gave up his time to drive a taxi, helping to provide some cherished memories for those children who are sadly eligible for the trip. To support the Childrens Magical Taxi Tour please please visit their just giving Page here.
ABA Commercial Insurance
Against Breast Cancer
Colin Stephens of ‘aba Commercial Insurance’ is currently fundraising for Against Breast Cancer, by running this year’s London Marathon in April.
Having come through his own battle with cancer himself, and having his final visit to the cancer clinic this year, the charity is very close to Colin’s heart. Colin and his friend ‘Smithy’ are currently in training and welcome any donations, big or small. The aim is to raise £4,000.
If you would like to sponsor Colly and Smithy please visittheir Virgin Money Giving Page here.