A CHARITY picnic and fun day will take place at Bromsgrove Rugby Club in memory of Amy Shimell and to raise funds for Birmingham Women’s Hospital.
Amy, who died in September 2017, aged just 32, loved her vocation as a neonatal nursery nurse at the Women’s and had a great passion for patient care.
The socially-distanced event – at 12pm on July 11 – is aimed at giving people of all ages the chance to relax and enjoy some much-needed quality time outside with friends and family who they may not have seen for months.
Visitors can enjoy a bar, cake stall, tombola, ice cream van, bouncy castles and music from Chris of CLS Entertainment – one of the best children’s DJs in the region.
The organisers want to hear from businesses which can donate raffle prizes or provide sponsorship for the event to ensure as much as possible is raised for the cause.
Amy’s sister Lucy Shimell said: “We are trying to keep Amy’s passion for patient care alive by raising money for this vital cause.
“We have since become good friends with Amy’s colleagues and this is also our way of recognising and celebrating the fantastic work they continue to do.
“We strive to do something good in Amy’s memory every July to mark what would be her birthday.”
Previous events have included a charity ball, 10k runs, half-marathons and last year, throughout the pandemic, more than £3,000 was raised through a virtual challenge, thanks to the support of friends, family, and even past patients Amy had helped over the years.
The Birmingham Women’s Hospital Charity aims to improve patient services for the hospital’s women, babies and families – essential services the NHS is unable to cover but make a huge difference to patients.
Among them are welfare services to support patients through difficult times and conversations and the research and development of cures, treatments and new technology.
Lucy added: “As an outdoor event, we are really pleased to be able to go ahead with our day despite the delay in lockdown easing.
“Picnic-goers will be encouraged to keep space between their pitches and practice social distancing at our stalls.”
There will also be plenty of hand sanitiser on site to keep everybody safe.
Entry, payable on the door, is £3 per person or £10 for a family of five.