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Fin’s cash boost for hospital

Posted on September 29 2014 at 2:09:07


Alvechurch youngster Finlay Church has challenged himself to raise £20,000 for Birmingham Children’s Hospital, where he had brain surgery in June.

Ten-year-old Finlay was admitted to the hospital with a suspected abscess on his brain, but following biopsy surgery he was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour and underwent surgery to remove it.

He is now at home – and has even gone back to Alvechurch Middle School – but still faces 13 months of treatment including radiotherapy, chemotherapy tablets and participation in a clinical trial. 

Following the operation, Finlay wanted to raise money for the hospital, firstly by getting as many people as possible to support the annual Big Bandage Appeal.

There was a great response from the local and extended community, and Big Bandage events took place at all Alvechurch schools and nurseries, Kombat Kids karate clubs, 1st Lickey Cubs & Scouts, local businesses, Alvechurch Sports & Social Club, friends’ workplaces and many more.

Thanks to these contributions, Finlay was the biggest fundraiser for the Big Bandage Appeal.

“Some of Fin’s friends, and their kind parents or grandparents, also raised a significant amount of money through events such as bag packing at Morrisons, and most recently there was a big surge in donations from ice bucket challenges!” says Finlay’s mum, Penny.

“As a family we have been overwhelmed by the level of support, which has helped to raise a staggering £10,861 to date – but Fin wants to make it to £20,000.”

The family would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who donated, everyone who wore a bandage, and everyone who has initiated, organised or given up their time to run an event or activity for the cause.

They have now created a Facebook page where anyone can follow Finlay’s journey:

Donations can be made at

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