Motorway Support for Birmingham Hospice
By: Nisha Deans
24th June 2019
A Birmingham charity has received support from the M6toll to maintain its infection control procedures.
Funds from the motorway’s Drive for Charity scheme were used by Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice to purchase ten new hands-free silent closing bins, which will be placed in patient rooms at the Hospice in Selly Park.
Pamela Hodgetts, corporate partnerships officer at Birmingham St Mary’s, explained: “At Birmingham St Mary’s, we help people and their loved ones to live well when they’ve been diagnosed with an incurable illness, by providing our expert care in people’s homes, in the community and at the Hospice itself. That’s why we’d like to say a really big thank you to the M6toll for this thoughtful donation – the bins will help prevent the spread of infection at our Inpatient Unit at the Hospice, helping to boost patient safety and wellbeing.
“On any given day, the Hospice is caring for 400 people living across Birmingham and Sandwell. Providing them with the care and support they need costs more than £8million a year, so help purchasing essential supplies like this is vital.”
Information about the work of Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice can be found at www.birminghamhospice.org.uk.
Since the M6toll opened 15 years ago, operators Midland Expressway Limited (MEL) have donated more than £1million to local good causes.
This year, an online scheme will see £20,000 given to one ‘charity of the year’, and dozens of smaller awards made to community projects.
Maxine Estevez from M6toll, added: “Hospices provide an invaluable service to our local communities. We learned that their old bins were no longer suitable, one reason being they were not soft closing. It had never occurred to us how distressing noisy slamming bins could be to patients, so we are pleased to be able to help resolve this.”
Details of community and charity support work undertaken by M6toll under its Drive For Charity programme can be found here.