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A fundraising boost by whg has helped Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity get a step closer to its target of funding the UK’s first-ever Rare Diseases Centre for children.

Colleagues at the leading Midlands landlord got behind a huge year-long fundraising drive for the hospital after it was selected as its chosen charity for 2016/17.

And through a number of charity events, a massive £23,441.28 has been raised in total, which will benefit over 9,000 patients living with more than 500 different rare or undiagnosed conditions.

Fundraising initiatives over the last 12 months include a 10-mile walk to the hospital from whg’s Hatherton Street office, which was organised by whg colleagues in December 2016. A group of 50 people – including whg colleagues, partners and suppliers – took part in the sponsored event, with a van full of presents arriving at the hospital in time for the group’s arrival. These gifts were then distributed to patients in time for Christmas.

Other fundraising events that colleagues have put their all behind include dress down days, samosa sales, charity raffles and even fund-raising yoga classes.

The money raised by whg will go towards the hospital’s £3.65 million Star Appeal, which will fund a bespoke Rare Diseases Centre for children – the first of its kind in the UK.

Whilst treatment for the hospital’s patients with rare diseases is world-class, many families have to spend a lot of time seeing different specialists on different days in different departments. To change this, the new centre will provide families living with a rare or undiagnosed condition with a single place within the hospital for all diagnosis, assessment, treatment, information, research and peer-to-peer support.

The Rare Diseases Centre will be housed inside the hospital’s new £37.5 million clinical block, which is due for completion late 2017.

A cheque was handed over to representatives of Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity on Wednesday, 12th April by whg’s Group Chief Executive, Gary Fulford, who was also given a tour of the hospital.

Gary Fulford, whg’s Group Chief Executive, said: “Our colleagues have really put their all behind supporting Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity and have carried out some great activities to raise as much funds as possible.

“From charity walks to samosa sales, all these activities have helped raise a fantastic amount for a very worthy cause, so I want to say a big thank you to everyone who got involved. Hearing the difference that this amount of money will make for the hospital was heart-warming and we are very proud to have contributed towards the Star Appeal.”

Eloise Davidson, Corporate Fundraising Manager at Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity, said: “We would like to say a massive thank you to whg and its kind-hearted colleagues for raising such a phenomenal amount of money for our Star Appeal and taking us one step closer to making our patients and families dreams a reality.

“We’re now close to closing our £3.65 million Star Appeal, which will improve the lives of thousands of children and young people from across the UK.”