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Business News President donates expenses


Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce president Steve Allen is continuing to raise vital funds for his charity of the year during the coronavirus pandemic – by donating his travel expenses. The president of Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce is the head of Birmingham office at law firm Mills & Reeve and is working from home. And, to ensure the Birmingham


Women’s and Children’s Hospitals Charity doesn’t miss out, he is donating money saved on travelling to and from work to the Woodland House Appeal. The appeal is looking to raise


£3.5m for a purpose-built centre next to Birmingham Women’s Hospital to provide care for thousands of grieving parents who have suffered baby loss. Steve said: “At this difficult time, charities are going to struggle to raise money as many events have been postponed or cancelled. “So much work had gone into


the Chamber’s annual dinner and awards, which would have been another means of raising money for Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital Charity (BWCH), but we had to postpone the event


Reservists offer extra support


Military reservists have been mobilised by the Ministry of Defence to support public services as part of a Covid-19 Support Force. Only reservists with


specialist skills that meet specific requests for help from other Government departments were being called out. They were also providing


Louise McCathie, Steve Allen and the hospital’s head of corporate nursing Nicki Fitzmaurice


for obvious reasons. We also had other events planned during the year which have had to be put on hold for the time being, so this seemed like a good way of keeping things moving during this period. “I appreciate that not everybody


is in the fortunate position to be able to do this. However, if you can, I would really encourage people to donate in this way. “Donating travelling costs may


not make a big hole in the £3.5m needed for Woodland House, but if a lot of us did this, I believe that we


could make a real difference.” Louise McCathie, director of


fundraising at the BWCH Charity, said: “This simple act of kindness by Steve and hopefully others, who will follow suit, will ensure we can continue to on our journey to bring a dedicated bereavement centre to our hospital, in support of our families experiencing pregnancy and baby loss.”


If you would like to donate to the Woodland House Appeal, please visit bwh.org.uk/gbcc-woodland-house


medical and logistical support for the NHS; acting as liaison officers; and deploying specialist skills such as engineering and accounting. Reservists already working in the NHS or other front line roles were not being used. Major General Simon Brooks-


Ward, assistant chief of defence staff for the reserves and cadets at the Ministry, wrote to businesses which employ reservists to amplify how reserves will now be a ‘critical part’ of the national response to tackling the virus. The West Midland Reserve


Forces’ & Cadets Association are patrons of Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce.


May 2020 CHAMBERLINK9


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