It's been a busy year for Wesleyan's charity activities from the unstoppable growth of our children's book 'The Unstoppable Maggie McGee' and the construction of Magnolia House, to an expedition to Ethiopia.
We're immensely grateful for all the support we've received from our customers, but we still need help for one final push to help us reach our fundraising target.
'The Unstoppable Maggie McGee' has been the flagship project to help us raise £1 million for the construction of Magnolia House. Located in the gardens of Birmingham Children's Hospital, when it opens early next year, it will be the UK's first purpose-built support centre for families who receive life-changing or difficult news while at the hospital.
Following its launch a year ago, the book has now sold more than 8,000 copies. It tells the story of Maggie and her best friend Sol as they use their imaginations to escape the confines of the hospital to go on adventures.
As well as being available direct from Birmingham Children's Hospital's store, it has also been backed by well known retailers, including Selfridges, Foyles, and Waterstones. Every penny from the £6 cover price will go to the Magnolia House Appeal, with Wesleyan covering all costs for publication.
Out of Africa
For the first time, Wesleyan's charity activities extended overseas when our Charity and CR Co-ordinator Jessica Wilkes-Reading travelled to Ethiopia.
She visited the cities of Addis Ababa and Mekelle, meeting dental and medical staff and students, to hear about the challenges they face and find out how second-hand equipment and text books from the UK can be re-purposed for their use.
Jessica travelled to an orphanage to meet the children and work with its management team, giving them the benefit of her own charity experience to provide practical advice on governance, bid-writing and other income generation.
You can read more about her visit at www.wesleyan.co.uk/ethiopiasos.
How you can help
There is still time for you to help us reach our £1 million target for Magnolia House. You can:
Meanwhile, if you are a dentist and would like to donate any old text books or equipment to the hospitals in Ethiopia, you can also e-mail email@example.com to find out more.
Large Image: Artist Dave Gray and author Juliet Clare Bell at the launch of Wesleyan's charity children's book, 'The Unstoppable Maggie McGee', at Birmingham Selfridges.