West Bromwich walks wonders and raises thousands
NXWM's Dorothy Shortland (left) and Eric Tromans (right) with Joy Haywood, Sandwell Hospital Paediatric Ward Manager (middle)
National Express West Midlands employees from the division’s West Bromwich garage recently completed a sponsored walk, raising over £5,000 for the local Sandwell Hospital children’s ward, Lyndon One.
The six mile route kicked off at West Bromwich Albion’s Hawthorns stadium, cut across the Sandwell region served by the company’s number 4 service, eventually finishing at Walsall FC’s Bescot stadium.
More than 30 people joined the walk and helped to raise over £3,000 through sponsorships and donations. A fundraising night at Allen’s Sports Bar in Tipton scored another £2,000.
During a visit to Sandwell Hospital, National Express West Midlands’ Eric Tromans presented Paediatric Ward Manager Joy Haywood with a cheque for a total of £5,154, which will help towards the cost of much needed equipment on the children’s ward.
National Express West Midlands employs over 500 people at its West Bromwich garage, which has selected the hospital’s Lyndon One ward as its local community partner. The funds raised from the sponsored walk and charity night are the first in a series of events to help raise money and provide support for the hospital throughout the rest of this year and next.
Eric, Customer Service Manager for Dudley and Oldbury, has experienced first hand the dedicated care from Sandwell Hospital as his own daughter, Donna Louise Tromans, fought a long battle with acute myeloid leukaemia. Sadly, Donna passed away nearly ten years ago but Eric has continued to support the hospital after they looked after his daughter and his family during such a difficult time.
Eric said: “The level of care and support we received from the hospital during Donna’s time there was out of this world. They do a fantastic job and I just wanted to help by giving something back.
“I’m extremely grateful to everybody involved with the walk and the fundraising night - everybody has been very generous. They’ve all been truly amazing and it’s a fact that we could not have achieved this fantastic amount without everybody’s support.”