Staff at Solihull Hospital going the extra mile for charity.

Andrew Clements, Director of Operations at Solihull Hospital and Community Services is running the Birmingham Half Marathon on the 5th May to raise funds for Solihull Hospital Charity.

The Birmingham Half Marathon is part of the AJ Bell Great Birmingham Run, the largest running event in the Midlands. By taking part in the event Andrew hopes to raise as much as he can to support the Charity.

The Charity’s aim is to provide the added extras for patients, families, and staff, that are ‘over and above’ what NHS can fund. From state-of-the-art equipment and research that saves lives, to garden spaces, activities, and toys, to help patients’ wellbeing, the Charity does all it can to support patients, their families, and staff during treatment in the hospital.

Andrew said: “My daughter, Leah, who is 21 has found a love for running and she wants to do more, so I want to build on this opportunity and support my daughter, as well as get myself back into the sport. It is also important to me to support my local hospital, as well as raise funds to support Solihull Hospital Charity. As a colleague at Solihull Hospital, I feel strongly about ‘giving something back’ and doing my bit to do all I can to improve the hospital for patients and staff.”

All money raised by Andrew will go to Solihull Hospital patients and their families. In 2023 alone, Solihull Hospital saw 265,235 outpatient appointments attended, performed 8,2462 operations, started cancer treatments for 4,462 people, and from 28th June to the end of the year, 7,148 patients were seen at the Urgent Treatment Centre.

Solihull Hospital Charity has a wide range of events to offer in and around Birmingham, across the country, and even around the world. This year’s calendar even includes a Northern Lights Trek to Iceland. Fundraisers for the Charity are free to choose to raise money for the ward or department that means the most to them.