Children’s Ward at Sutton Coldfield Hospital receives cash boost from M6toll

Staff from Midland Expressway Ltd (operators of the M6toll) recently visited Good Hope Hospital in Sutton Coldfield after providing them with £500 towards their refurbishment project for the Children’s Outpatient Department.    

Midland Expressway Limited’s (MEL) donation is a great boost to the Charity who will use the funding to obtain sensory equipment for the ward to assist patients with disabilities and learning difficulties. It will also help staff on the ward to ease children’s worries whilst they’re having potentially unpleasant treatment.

Good Hope Hospital Charity is the official charity for Good Hope Hospital and exists to support patients and their families at the hospital by funding those added extras that can make a patient’s stay and families experience more comfortable. It is part of a group of four hospital charities, working together under a single charity umbrella; which allows them to offer donors and fundraisers a wider choice of fundraising activities and areas to support than if they all worked on their own.

Good Hope Hospital treats 30,000 children every year and currently the Outpatient department is not very child friendly. The aim is to make the experience less overwhelming for children by transforming the whole department, including the waiting area, reception, play room and consultation room with brightly coloured, non-clinical walls and comfortable furnishings.

Laura Power; Fundraising Manager at Good Hope Hospital Charity said: “By supporting our Children’s Appeal Midland Expressway Limited (MEL) have already enabled us to purchase sensory equipment and activities for children, we are extremely grateful for their support as are the staff in the department who are thrilled with their new items and the families and children that will benefit from their kind donation”.

Zoe Walters, MEL Social Committee Member added: “It was a pleasure to visit the Children’s Outpatient Department at Good Hope Hospital and see first-hand how our donation will benefit children who visit the ward. I very much look forward to seeing how the ward progresses with all the exciting renovations that are planned.”

MEL’s donation forms part of a wider initiative to support local schools and community projects. MEL's Social Committee works closely with members of staff to choose those community projects close to their hearts which will benefit from a donation from the Drive for Charity fund.

MEL's Social Committee is always on the lookout for local charities and community projects to support. To register your charity or community project with MEL for consideration to receive fundraising or practical (volunteering) support now or in the future visit for further information or email

(from left to right): Zoe Walters; MEL Social Committee Member and Laura Power Fundraising Manager at Good Hope Hospital Charity