St. Margaret’s girls were delighted to welcome Sophie Carroll from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity to their House Assembly on Thursday morning.

Sophie had come to thank six Margaret’s girls who had been fundraising on their behalf. Gargi, Lucy, Maya, Lily, Daisy and Natasha in Year 4, have been showing true Blue Coat values in wanting to help others. Under their own initiative, they took it upon themselves to hold a lucky dip to raise money for the QE just before half-term. They raised an impressive £150 and were delighted to hear from Sophie that this would be able to help 50 children undergoing radiotherapy in the Cancer Unit. The money will be used towards providing personalised blankets and a toy to comfort the children during and after their treatment.

The girls were amazed to hear that the hospital sees one million patients a year and there are over 10,000 staff employed. With one of the largest transplant units in Europe and over 100 beds in the Critical Care Unit, the QEHB Charity are keen to support this amazing hospital in its work. They have already successfully raised money for a £3 million CyberKnife machine for the treatment of brain and neck cancer and are now busy fundraising for more high-tech equipment including a CT scanner and a ‘Heart in a box’. Hearing of the good work the hospital do, we are sure the girls will want to do something else again in the future. They proudly received a certificate and badge from Sophie for their efforts this time – well done girls!

MRS DREDGER