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New fundraising project is a real page turner for Wesleyan and Birmingham Children's Hospital

Young patients from Birmingham Children's Hospital are providing the inspiration for a new story book written and illustrated by a local author and artist and supported by Wesleyan, the specialist financial services mutual.

Author Juliet Clare Bell from Moseley, Birmingham, has been visiting the hospital in recent months to get ideas from sick and injured youngsters to develop an original story that will be illustrated by Coventry artist Dave Gray. The final results will be put together into a book ready to be sold in aid of Birmingham Children's Hospital's Magnolia House Appeal.

Wesleyan, a neighbour of the hospital in Birmingham city centre, is covering all the costs of the publication. This is a rare move, and means every penny generated through sales will go straight to the hospital.

Liz McKenzie, Wesleyan's Group Corporate Services Director and chair of its Charity Advisory Committee, said: "There is nothing more potent than a child's imagination and we can't wait to find out what ideas they've come up with and how they have been turned into a story by Clare and Dave!"

Clare added: "The ideas that have come from the children have ranged from the fantastical to the really personal, relating to their own experiences in hospital. Having such a mixture has given me plenty to work with and I'm really looking forward to sharing with the children what they've helped to create."

The book will be published in November and will soon be available to order through the Birmingham Children's Hospital website.Raising money for Magnolia House, Birmingham Chidrens Hospital

Louise McCathie, Director of Fundraising  at Birmingham Children's Hospital, said: "Wesleyan has been such an amazing supporter over the past two-and-a-half years. This is another fantastic fundraising idea from them and we can't wait to see the end results and the story that the children, Clare and Dave have come up with."

Wesleyan is Birmingham Children's Hospital largest corporate donor, and has supported the charity since 2013. Since then it has raised more than £250,000 for the hospital's Cancer Centre Appeal and is now aiming to raise another £750,000 for Magnolia House.

Magnolia House is a purpose built facility in the grounds of the city centre hospital that will provide a haven for families after they have received very upsetting or life-changing news.

Author Juliet Clare Bell (front) with (l to r)  Laura Richards (Corporate Partnerships Consultant at Birmingham Children’s Hospital), Adam Steiner (Silhouette Press), Liz McKenzie (Wesleyan), illustrator Dave Gray and Jessica Wilkes-Reading (Wesleyan).

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