Blues manager Chris Hughton with hospice staff and patients John Cowan from John Taylor Hospice (left) and Wally Rivers from Birmingham St Mary's along with family members.

From Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice:

This season Birmingham City Football Club (BCFC) has teamed up with Birmingham St. Mary’s Hospice and John Taylor Hospice as part of The Football League’s official ‘Help The Hospices’ initiative.

The fundraising partnership launched on 30 July 2011 at BCFC’s pre-season friendly against Everton. Club representatives met staff and patients from Birmingham’s hospices.

Blues manager Chris Hughton says: “We need our fans and people who have experience of these hospices to get involved in this great idea. Sign up with the hospices for more information and be generous with your time or money. The hospices are there for seriously ill people when they need it most.”

John Taylor Hospice’s Fundraising Manager, Sarah Jayne Shelton, adds: “With Blues’ support, your local hospices can carry on helping seriously ill people in Birmingham and the West Midlands to live well until they die, from providing physiotherapy and pain relief to a listening ear and a home-cooked meal.”

Birmingham St. Mary’s Head of Fundraising and Marketing Caroline Taylor said: “With many of our patients and staff being supporters of Birmingham City, we’re delighted to be given this chance to form a partnership with the iconic club. I’m sure fans will be really on the ball when it comes to fundraising for their hospice throughout the next year and will make a huge difference to people with life-limiting illnesses and their families in Birmingham and Sandwell.”

Hospice care is free for everyone who needs it, but it is not free to provide. Through its fans, BCFC will raise vital funds for hospice care in Birmingham by organising collections at matches and helping Birmingham’s hospices fundraise throughout the year.

To get involved with hospice fundraising visit www.bsmh.org.uk/footballleague.php for Birmingham St Mary’s, or www.johntaylorhospice.org.uk/get-involved.html for John Taylor Hospice.

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