10:00 Wednesday 18 December 2013

Firm raises more than £4k for hospital charity

Written byROB SMYTH

STAFF from a nursing company have been busy bees raising more than £4,000 for an appeal to support Burton’s Queen’s Hospital.

The Bertie fund-raising campaign has received generous backing from Foston-based Mediline after it adopted the good cause as its nominated charity in June and pledged to raise over £10,000 in 12 months.

So far nearly half the target amount has been reached due to various fun-raising activities including a rodeo event and fashion show.

Michael Baines, managing director of Mediline, said: “I’m so proud of everybody at Mediline and their efforts to raise funds for the Burtie Appeal.

“I know that all of our events so far have been a great success and I’m looking forward to more fund-raisers next year.”

The Rodeo event raised more than £735 from activities including a raffle, colouring competition, pony ride and rodeo bull.

A fashion show was the most recent event held in November which raised more than £300.

Future fund-raising events include a festive family fair, a ‘Great Mediline Bake off’ and a pub quiz.

Helen Ashley, chief executive at Burton’s Queen’s Hospital, said: “We were delighted when Mediline chose to support our charity and are grateful to Mediline staff for their hard work raising funds for our charity through lots of fun and exciting events.

“The money raised will go towards improving facilities for patients at the hospital by providing all those important ‘extras’ including toys and books for patients, entertainment equipment and arts and crafts.”

The Burtie campaign, which features the colourful Burtie the Bee as its mascot, aims to make patients’ stay in hospital more comfortable by funding improvements to facilities and patient comforts.

A spokesman for the campaign said: “We were extremely grateful that they are taking time and effort to raise much needed funds for the campaign, they are totally committed to their fund-raising events.”

Anyone who wants to get involved and organise an event or just donate, can email the communications@burtonft.nhs.uk or call 01283 566333

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