Factory staff kick-off week of fundraising for Southmead Hospital's intensive care unit

Friday, 20 June 2014

Staff at a Stonehouse factory are tackling a series of fundraising challenges to raise money for North Bristol NHS Trust after one of their colleagues was treated by the intensive care team.

Employees at the Gloucestershire facility of engineering manufacturing company Delphi chose to support Southmead Hospital’s charity through the firm’s Global Excellence Week.

The week of fundraising kicked off on June 20 with a charity bed push through Stonehouse and Stroud. More than 100 employees then set off on a 21-mile fancy dress bike ride for the cause.

Other events planned for the week  are a baking competition, Welly Wanging, a golf day, football tournament and raffle, with all proceeds going to the Southmead Hospital charity.

Human resources manager, Kathrin Beckerleg, said: “Every year Delphi runs a Global Excellence Week and Stonehouse employees always use this week as an opportunity to raise funds for charity.

“This charity has been chosen by the employees this year after one of our colleagues who  unfortunately  sustained a serious head injury following an accident in April this year.  It was thanks to the amazing work of the ICU team in Bristol that he is now back at home and on the way to recovery.

“This is a great week where all employees come together as a team to do something really worthwhile for a great cause and have some fun along the way.”

Ellie Smith of the Southmead Hospital charity said: “ The Delphi team are so enthusiastic about raising money for ICU, it was brilliant to go and meet some of the employees and watch the start of their bike ride. 

"There are so many events taking place during this week, we hope not only will it make a great contribution to the Intensive Care Unit, but will also raise awareness of the brilliant work done within the hospital. 

"Delphi have been fantastic to work with and determined to raise money on behalf of their colleague, and we are delighted to have had the chance to meet them and congratulate them on their fundraising efforts”.