Midshire staff have raised almost £3,000 for the neonatal units at New Cross and Russells Hall Hospitals who have both given priceless support to employee Chris Astley’s newborn baby James.
Almost 150 staff attending a retirement party at West Bromwich Albion FC’s Hawthorns stadium raised the money by auctioning a football signed by the West Brom team. Astley said: “Essentially all I wanted was to do something nice for the neonatal units at New Cross and Russells Hall. They’ve been such a pillar for me and my family. I had no idea that my colleagues and friends would pull through to the level they did, the money just kept going up and up! Incredibly, the winning bidder gave me the football too!”
The auction is the first in a long line of initiatives this year aimed to support the hospital and its staff. The firm’s West Bromwich office also aims to raise more money by holding a raffle draw, with prizes including a spa day for two, a tour of the Hawthorns stadium, toiletries, spirits, and a champagne barge experience.