Banana Moon Day Nursery chooses Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity to support this year
July 13, 2017
National nursery franchise Banana Moon Day Nursery has chosen Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity as its charity for the coming year. With 52 nurseries and counting, spreading across the UK from Aberdeen to Norwich and Bristol to Bridgend, Banana Moon is a thriving franchise offering childcare nationwide.
Headquartered in Warwick, in the heart of the country, the acclaimed and indispensable Birmingham Children’s Hospital is held close to the company’s heart, with Banana Moon’s Managing Director and Founder spending many sleepless nights at the facility with his family.
Speaking of his experience, Mark Bates said: “In October 2006 my two-and-a-half-year-old daughter Emily quite suddenly became very ill. The symptoms were unusual and very difficult to diagnose, and consequently Emily was rushed into Birmingham Children’s Hospital. On arrival she was immediately diagnosed with a very rare condition called Haemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS) and given a 40% chance of recovery. Four weeks later following 24-hour intensive, fantastic care and dialysis, Emily survived and returned home. In November 2009, at six-years-old, Emily was given the all clear”
However seven years later, last December, Mark and his family returned to the hospital: “Emily had a horrendous horse riding accident resulting in a broken leg and was airlifted to Birmingham Children’s Hospital to have a six-hour operation. Once again, the hospital was fantastic and Emily is well on the way to a full recovery and starting to ride again!”
Birmingham Children’s Hospital is a leading UK specialist paediatric centre, treating one in five children from Birmingham and one in eight from the wider West Midlands. Every patient and family at Birmingham Children’s Hospital will have been touched by the hospital’s charity in some way.
Banana Moon Day Nursery aims to raise over £10,000 for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity over the course of the coming year by holding various fundraising events at its widespread nurseries: “We will never be able to thank the staff at Birmingham Children’s Hospital enough for saving Emily’s life, but by way of thanking them we would like to raise money through a number of events over the next 12 months.”
Kirsty White, Corporate Partnerships Officer at Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity, added: “It’s inspirational to hear how the world-class care our hospital provides inspires people to fundraise and we’d like to say a huge thank you to Banana Moon Day Nursery for its incredible support. The money they plan to raise over the next 12 months will make a huge difference to the lives of our brave children and their families, enabling us to do more for the sick kids in our care.”