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Blues Give a Gift - Part Two

Posted: Wed 18 Dec 2013
Author: Andy Walker

This year's Blues Give a Gift campaign continued in earnest with a first-team visit to the children’s wards of Heartlands Hospital.

Skipper Paul Robinson joined fellow stars Nikola Zigic, Andy Shinnie, Neal  Eardley, Paul Caddis, Kyle Bartley, Lee Novak, Chris Burke and Jonathan Spector in spreading festive cheer to unfortunate youngsters , their families and the hardworking staff.

As well as handing out a host of specialised gifts, the Blues lads also spent time in the playroom, to which they also donated a pool table, DVD players and games. 

The presents were kindly paid for by the first-team players as well as donations from several local companies including £1,000 each from Quilter Cheviot and The Lilly Mae Foundation.

The Lily Mae Foundation was set up in July 2010 in memory of a very special little girl and is determined to change public perception of stillbirth and neonatal death. 

As a result of various events, the Lily Mae Foundation has raised a staggering £40,000 which has gone towards cold cot systems and memory boxes to hospitals across the West Midlands, investment in stillbirth and neonatal death research and organising family counselling fun days aimed at helping bereaved families.

Ryan and Amy Jackson, founders of The Lily Mae Foundation, told  “We would like to thank Birmingham City and Dean Lomas from Quilter Cheviot for the opportunity to be a part of the 'Blues Give a Gift 2013' for children in Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Heartlands Hospital. 

“The Lily Mae Foundation agreed that the opportunity to link up with Blues and Quilter Cheviot supported our objective to make donations to other charitable children’s organisations. 

“We were very humbled to hear of the joy this has brought to the babies and children and hope they have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year"

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The visit to Heartlands Hospital was the second of three which will form this year’s Blues Give a Gift campaign, with a trip to Birmingham Children's Hospital to follow.

To read more about last week’s visit to St Mary’s Hospice, click here.

*The club would like to thank the following companies for their generous support. Quilter Cheviot and the Lilly Mae Foundation. Pat Brennan (Brennan Decorators), Alan Sadler (Profix) and Kay & Martin Franklin (Tonic Cosmetic Surgery,  Mars, John Lewis, Toys r Us, Boots and B&M Stores.