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Chamber Patrons Gymshark volunteers help charity


Helping hand: Gymshark’s HQ was used to prepare hot meals for hospital staff


Staff at international fitness brand Gymshark have put in the extra mile for Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital Charity during the Covid-19 pandemic, by committing more than 650 hours volunteering for the charity. The kind-hearted team carried


out vital roles for Birmingham Women’s Hospital by delivering 167 medications to patients’ homes as well as transporting more than 220 patients’ Covid-19 test samples to the hospital’s sister site,


Birmingham Children’s Hospital, for testing. The restaurant at Gymshark’s headquarters in Solihull also prepared 500 hot meals for staff at the Women’s Hospital. The team delivered more than


370 medications to patients’ homes and more than 1,700 prescription slips to pharmacies. Collectively, they travelled more


than 9,217 miles to help the hospitals and their charity. Alongside their volunteering


University partnership


funds medical education The Wesleyan Foundation, the charitable arm of Birmingham financial mutual Wesleyan, is celebrating a successful second year of its partnership with Aston University to help young people from disadvantaged backgrounds into medicine. The foundation has already donated £73,000, with some of the


money used to create seven new ‘Wesleyan Foundation Scholarships’ at Aston Medical School. The first four of these have now been awarded to students. Bernice Johal, a Wesleyan Foundation Scholarship recipient


studying MBChB Medicine at Aston University, said: “I am a part of the first generation in my family going to university. This scholarship has been immensely helpful to me and I am so grateful. “I have been using the money to help pay for the ever-increasing rail


fares to enable me to commute to Aston. It has also helped me with funding for necessary equipment such as a stethoscope and textbooks. “The thought of knowing that you have people that are supporting


you and believe that you can succeed has been what’s motivating me throughout medical school.” In addition to the scholarships, the partnership also backs annual


prizes in law and medicine, commits £69,000 of funding for a PhD student and provides an annual donation to support Aston University projects aligned with the Wesleyan Foundation’s own focus areas of health, education, social development and innovation. It will also enable Wesleyan’s own staff to further their professional


and academic development by undertaking Executive Apprenticeship MBAs. Nathan Wallis, head of Culture and Engagement at Wesleyan, said:


“It’s been incredible to see our partnership with Aston University get off to such a strong start and to hear the impact it’s had on the scholars. We’re committed to driving long-term, positive change in our communities and working closely with Aston will help do just that – bolstering access to higher education and strengthening the talent base here in the Midlands.”


Innovative nursing degree launches at college campus


A new nursing degree, which will train students in cutting-edge facilities to become registered nurses, has been given the green light by the UK’s top nursing body. University College Birmingham’s


new BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing degree has been approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Based at the new £44m Moss


House campus, students will complete their courses at UCB’s Health Skills and Simulation Suite, which includes a six-bed hospital ward with simulation manikins, audio and video equipment, a community care environment and a clinical skills teaching room with virtual reality technology. Financial support is available to


students, including a £5,000 non- repayable grant and up to £3,000


to support childcare costs. Elaine Penn, pro-vice-chancellor


of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning at UCB, said: “We have invested heavily in training for this key profession and are incredibly excited to be able to launch this new and exciting degree, enabling students to become registered nurses and lead on safe, effective and compassionate care for adults with a range of health conditions. “Students will learn from our


expert clinical practitioners and we look forward to developing their understanding of human development, key body systems, pharmacology and safe management of medicine, as well as the personal and technical skills needed to deliver high-quality care across many different settings.”


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efforts, fitness clothing giant rallied social media users to take part in their NHS Sweaty Selfie challenge. Gymshark pledged to donate £5


to Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital Charity for every sweaty selfie posted on social media, with the campaign raising £180,000. But Gymshark didn’t stop there -


through fundraising and donating staff bonuses, the firm donated a total of £250,000 to the charity. Louise McCathie, director of


fundraising at Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospitals Charity, said: “From sweaty selfies to selfless support, the team at Gymshark have given us their all to help our charity continue supporting the vital work of our hospitals and our brilliant NHS heroes. “We’ll be forever grateful for


their support, determination and their dedication to raising and donation such a staggering amount for our hospitals.”


Nursing knowledge:


UCB’s Health and Skills Simulation Suite


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