Team members from the Wilko store in Maypole, have been getting in touch with their charitable sides recently after attending Birmingham Children’s Hospital’s craft event, Art Kart day, armed with supplies donated by stores throughout the region.
Wilko customer service assistants Kim Carter, Samantha Keiran and Hayley Dunford, brought a plentiful supply of arts & crafts materials to the hospital, which is the store’s regional charity of the year.
The team decided to make a day out of the visit, rolling up their sleeves to help children make colourful and fun pictures while they waited for their outpatient appointments.
In order to further boost patients’ spirits, store manager, Julie Nightingale and Wilko Kings Heath store manager, Michelle Collins, also decided to donate their time, along with spare Christmas decorations, to the hospital’s pharmacy ward – transforming it into a winter wonderland with tinsel and baubles.
Speaking of the team’s recent charitable activities, Julie, said: “Volunteering at Birmingham Children’s Hospital’s Art Kart day was a very fulfilling experience for the team. The children’s faces lit up with excitement when they saw all of the art and craft supplies; the girls loved every minute of it and I know they are keen to go back soon.
“Michelle and I also had a wonderful time decorating the pharmacy ward, which looked fantastic after its festive makeover.
“The whole store is dedicated to doing as much as possible for our regional charity of the year, whether it’s fundraising, volunteering or donating products – we just want to help.”
Vikki Savery, deputy director of fundraising at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, said: “We’re very grateful for all the help the volunteers from Wilko have given us in the run up to Christmas.
“Art Kart is run monthly in our main outpatients department and helps to keep the children distracted by producing something fun that they can take home after their appointment.
“We’re very thankful for all the support the Wilko team will be giving us over the coming year and we’re looking forward to developing a wonderful partnership.”
Wilko remains a third generation, family-owned business after more than 80 years of trading. JK Wilkinson opened the first Wilko store on Charnwood Street, Leicester, in 1930. The company’s portfolio has expanded significantly over the decades and there are currently 375 stores across the UK, achieving an annual turnover in excess of £1.5 billion.
Serving 10.5 million customers each year and selling over 25,000 product lines, including health & beauty, cleaning products, seasonal essentials and homewares both in store and online at Wilko.com, Wilko is dedicated to providing its customers with high quality well-known brands and own-label products, plus first class, friendly service.
Wilko is committed to Britain’s high streets and prides itself on being a community focused retailer, actively supporting local charities, community groups and empowering its team members to support great causes that are locally important to them.
For more information about the fundraising work of Birmingham Children’s Hospital, please visit www.bch.org.uk, follow on Twitter @Bham_Childrens or on Facebook www.facebook.com/BirminghamChildrensHospital