Sunday 6 May 2018

Fun Family 5 - walk with Birmingham Children’s Hospital this June

I have a real affection for and am keen to support Birmingham Children's Hospital Charity. From The Big Hoot trail in 2015 to the even bigger Big Sleuth last summer, I have become more aware of the fantastic work that the charity does in order to help children who really are going through some tough times health wise.

I've been fortunate to get to know the charity a little more, on a personal level, knowing someone who works there and seeing what they do and the difference it all makes, so I was keen to share their latest fundraising event in case your family can help another family out.

Here's what you need to know about Fun Family 5, taking place in June:

Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity is calling on its kind-hearted supporters to get involved in its much-anticipated second annual Fun Family 5.

Taking place in Sutton Park on Saturday 16 June, the eventful sponsored 5K walk will raise vital funds for the sick children and families at the hospital, and aims to top last year’s event which saw over 400 participants raise nearly £20,000.

One of the first to put their name down for this year’s event was Cheryl Beardmore, 42, and her husband Mark, 47. Since July, their three-year-old son Oscar has come to know Birmingham Children’s Hospital all too well, after undergoing 13 rounds of chemotherapy in his battle against rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of cancer.

Oscar Beardmore

“We are indebted to Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity,” says Cheryl. “There aren't enough words to say how we feel and how grateful we are to the hospital. Their work is amazing, and the oncology ward and clinic are fantastic. We've got so much thanks for them and everything they've done for us.”

Along with Oscar’s cousins Isla, Madison, Flyn and Kye, and grandmother Diane, the Beardmore family will be raising funds to show their gratitude to the doctors, nurses and support staff at Birmingham Children’s Hospital who have cared for them since Oscar was diagnosed with the disease.

“We did the Fun Family 5 last year,” says Cheryl. “Oscar was in hospital up until the evening before, but on the day he walked the 5k himself along with family and friends. We managed to raise over £5,000 for Ward 15, which is the Oncology ward.”

Miranda Williams, Public Fundraising Manager at Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity, adds: “We’re really excited to welcome supporters for the second year to our 5km fundraising walk, Fun Family 5. We love seeing families, friends and patients coming together to take on the course, collect their medals and enjoy some family time. During its first year in 2017, our amazing supporters raised almost £20,000 for the sick kids like Oscar who are in our care, and we know this year will be bigger and better – we can’t wait!”

The event promises to be fun for all ages, with activity zones featuring a circus skills workshop, face painters, a bouncy castle, arts and crafts and sporting entertainment.

Families are encouraged to bring a picnic or enjoy one of the food stalls on offer after conquering the 5km walk around one of Birmingham’s most picturesque parks.

To sign up for the Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity Fun Family 5 and receive a fundraising pack, visit

* This is not a sponsored post.

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