Charity Champions

Friends Fund New Equipment

Two best friends, Simone Schehtman and Elizabeth Eman, have been awarded this week’s Charity Champion after raising almost £8,000 for Birmingham Women’s Hospital Charity.

The pair, who met through their children at King David School, chose to fundraise for the hospital’s charity in support of Simone’s son, Oliver, who spent the first five days of his life in the hospital’s Neonatal Unit, where Elizabeth works as a clinical psychologist.

Friends fundraise for breastpumps

After a complicated birth, baby Oliver had to be monitored via an incubator for <insert reason>. Thankfully, after five days of uncertainty, Simone, was able to take her little boy home. Oliver is now a cheeky and happy seven year old that is doing really well.

To say thank you for Oliver’s care, the two friends set themselves the challenge of running 100k over 10 days with the hope of raising enough money to fund specialist breast pumps for mums who give birth to premature babies.

After battling a variety of British weather; the pair, who were new to running, finished their challenge and exceeded their target by raising an incredible £7,800.

Simone said: “This was the toughest thing I’ve ever done but also the most incredible  - I loved every single minute of it. 

“What kept us going was the thought that every step we took would help another baby and another family at the time they needed it the most. The hospital gave my baby amazing care at a particularly crucial time, and now he’s a healthy seven year old like all of his friends.”

Elizabeth added: “It was a natural fit for me to take on the challenge with Simone. I see the amazing work my colleagues on the Neonatal Unit do each and every day and I wanted to do more to give something back.”
Serena Daw, Public Fundraising Manager at Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital Charity, added: “It’s so inspirational to hear Simone and Elizabeth’s story and we’re so grateful that these fundraising friends took on such an inspiring challenge for our hospital’s charity.

“The money they have raised will go on to directly support women, babies and families using our hospital at the most anxious and difficult times.”

For more information about Birmingham Women’s Hospital Charity, visit www.bwh.org.uk, email fundraising@bwh.org.uk or call 0121 335 8040.

Dad Goes Extra Mile

A local dad from West Heath has been crowned this week’s Charity Champion after raising over £1,000 for Birmingham Women’s Hospital Charity.

Daniel and Daughter

Father of one, Dan Caga, took on Birmingham’s 10k to raise vital funds for the Neonatal Unit at the Women’s Hospital cared for his daughter, Miylah, earlier this year.   

When Miylah was born, it was clear something was wrong. She spent 11 days on the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), including a spell in high dependency. She was diagnosed with meconium aspiration syndrome, a condition that can affect the lungs of new-born babies.

Dan said: “We were only able to see Miylah for a few minutes before she was rushed off by the midwives. During what was a distressing and scary time for us both, we felt completely supported by the NICU team. Our consultant explained what was happening and he made us feel reassured and calm. The team were so positive that we went from feeling really anxious to feeling like they were our friends and family.”

After 12 days on the department, Miylah had recovered enough to be discharged, and now six months on she’s going from strength to strength.

To show his appreciation for the hospital, Dan signed up to the Great Birmingham 10k run and chose Birmingham Women’s Hospital as his charity. With an initial target of £500, Dan was overwhelmed when his total had doubled to £1,087. And Dan hasn’t stopped there - he’s now training to run the Birmingham Half Marathon in October.

Daniel and Family

Miranda Williams, Public Fundraising Manager at Birmingham Women’s Hospital Charity , said: “We’re so pleased to hear Miylah is doing so well and we’re incredibly grateful to Dan for choosing to say thank you for the care she received by supporting our charity. It’s always so inspiring to hear how families can turn a negative experience into something positive by helping make a difference for others.

“The money they have raised will go towards supporting our Neonatal Unit, where Miylah was cared for. It will help the staff fund equipment which will mean our women, babies and families get the best possible experience while they are with us.  

For more information on Birmingham Women’s Hospital Charity visit www.bwh.org.uk, email fundraising@bwh.org.uk or call 0121 335 8040. To run alongside Dan in the Half Marathon later this year, visit: http://www.greatrun.org/great-birmingham-run and select Birmingham Women’s Hospital Charity as your charity.