There was a theme that flowed throughout the room as well as all of the pre-event planning in the tickets and advertising. What was the theme I hear you ask? Well something that is a great hobby of mine, travelling. Each table with themed with decorations and items from different capital cities of different countries. The games played throughout the night, raffle included all fitted with the theme too which was lovely to see.
I was so honoured to have been asked to attend the ball which was not only raising vital funds and recognising the great work of Birmingham Children's Hospital but it also celebrated the fantastic work that the West Midlands Services including Police, Fire and Ambulance service do for the local community throughout the year.
They are there through rain or shine, day and night to make sure that we, the community, are safe. I don’t believe that these fantastic men and women always get the recognition they deserve for their commitment and dedication so it was lovely for them as separate services to come together as one and really pay tribute to their hard work.
I was sat on the ‘London’ table with the Mayor and the Consort of Walsall which gave me the opportunity to talk about my role as Miss Black Country and hear about their important roles too. The lovely Miss Worcestershire was also sat with us so we were representing Miss England in force! There were also two representatives from Birmingham Children's Hospital who I thoroughly enjoyed speaking with. As a full-time fundraiser myself, it was great to be able to speak about local needs and discuss the very important work that both charities do. I also asked them both what they find most enjoyable about their roles - of course their answers are the same as mine - we are making a difference every day to the lives of those less fortunate in our community.
The money raised from the evening will be used to help fund a new x-ray department. This is such an important department to recreate as it is currently looking very tired and not at all welcoming for children. If a child has an injury, having to come into hospital and having an x-ray can be very scary; especially if it's their first time. Therefore Birmingham Children's Hospital want to revamp the department to make it more welcoming - offering a sense of security and safety to the children and their families accompanying them. I thought this was a great idea having seen first-hand how young children can be affected by hospital visits. When I was younger I spent a few days in a local hospital painting an ‘Under the Sea’ themed mural on the wall in the children’s room with my Grandad. He was a very talented artist and a paramedic himself. So many of the nursing staff and children themselves thanked my Grandad afterwards for his wall painting. They said it brought life and colour to the room and gave the children something happy to distract them from their trauma.
Of course it's been a long time since I've made a paper plane and definitely a long time since I've made one that can actually fly so mind didn't even make it past the take off line! Slightly embarrassing but at least it has taught me a vital lesson – don’t put paper-plane-making on my CV.
The rest of the night shaped up really well too. They had a Coldplay tribute act which were very enjoyable to watch and the leading Singer was a complete doppelgänger for Chris Martin himself – the ladies loved him!
All in all, I was so pleased to have been involved in the event. They raised a brilliant £4,500 which will give the hospital a great start in their revamp of the X-Ray department.