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'Eggstra' special treat for children in hospital this weekend

Saturday 19 April 2014

Sick kiddies across Walsall will get an eggstra special treat this weekend thanks to kind hearted cops.

Local bobbies backed a campaign by Walsall charity, Rosie’s Helping Hands, to gather enough Easter eggs for every sick child on wards at City hospital.

But thanks to the borough’s police, word soon spread among local people meaning youngsters at Birmingham’s Children’s hospital and Walsall’s own Manor hospital can be given chocolatey treats.

The charity was founded by Karen Ross, the mother of Aldridge girl, Rosie Ross, who was stabbed in Birmingham city centre 13 years ago by a man with schizophrenia in an unprovoked attack.

Karen initially wanted to collect enough eggs to ensure that every child who was on the City Hospital children’s ward − where her daughter died − received an egg over Easter.

PC Gary Bampfield, from St Matthew’s neighbourhood team, said:"Karen is a truly remarkable individual who always puts others before herself and spends tireless hours supporting charities and organisations including the police.

"Officers and staff at Walsall police station have worked closely with Karen over the years and we were keen to play our part in her latest venture.

"A collection point was set up for donations from officers and staff and I mentioned this to local people during my patrols…the word soon spread and the eggs started rolling in.

"Well over 1,000 chocolate eggs have been donated which clearly shows the kindness of Walsall people."

Talking about the egg-plosion of generosity, Karen said: "I’m overwhelmed by the response.

"Initially I wanted to raise enough eggs to give to sick children on the wards at City hospital. But thanks to the incredible generosity of people we are now able to extend this to children at Walsall Manor Hospital, Birmingham

Children’s hospital and various local children’s groups.

"Hopefully these chocolate eggs will bring a smile to the faces of so many children this Easter."

Rosie’s Helping Hands aims to improve the quality and care of young lives in the West Midlands by supporting and funding good causes.

To find out more about the charity visit: http://www.rosieshelpinghands.org/