Riding the Charity Train : Kamaljit Kaur

Tell us about yourself.

My name is Kamaljit Kaur, and I work for Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital. I joined the hospital, in January 2018, as a Senior Fundraising Digital Marketing Officer; hand on heart, it’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Prior to this, my background has been solely corporate, its always been a goal for me to work a charity, and now, here I am part of one of the top charities in the Midlands.

I have been obsessed with Asian Women Mean Business ever since a friend sent me the link to the website. So when the lovely Rupinder Kaur asked me to write a blog article about my work and what our charity does, I jumped at the chance to get involved with the organisation. I mean, who wouldn’t like the opportunity to be connected with inspirational and empowering women?

Can you tell us more about the charity and hospital?

Being part of the Birmingham Women’s and Children’s N.H.S. Foundation Trust, has given me a whole new perspective on the amazing and valuable work the hospital staff carries out for our patients. Our colleagues are brilliant and compassionate and work incredibly hard to deliver the very best treatment and care.

We are so lucky to have these two amazing hospitals in Birmingham, and I love that my role provides me with the opportunity to help raise vital funds for our babies, young patients, women, and families.

We aim to improve the hospital experience by raising funds for state-of-the-art equipment, pioneering research, and to create a pleasant and comfortable environment, ensuring our patients receive the world-class care that they all deserve.

During my time here, I’ve met so many inspiring people both at the charity and hospitals. I learn something new every day. Every day is different; every day, I am learning something new to help me better myself at what I do.

We have achieved great things, and our hospitals thrive on our donations. N.H.S. funding only stretches so far, so the charity has to work harder to raise the difference. Our patients, families, and supporters are resilient and will always continue to go that extra mile –hold one additional charity event, bake just a few more cakes, do another run– to fight harder to reach their fundraising goals.

Tell me about the impact the charity has on the hospital.

I get to see first-hand the improvements made to the hospitals which couldn’t be done without the work of the charity and our wonderful supporters. We’re currently having our playground refurbished after we raised £230,000 as part of our ‘Out To Play’ Appeal.

This means we will soon be able to offer our patients a vibrant, new outdoor playground which will allow them to escape the clinical atmosphere of the wards to get fresh air and exercise, as well as much-needed time with their family.

Each appeal demonstrates the generosity of our supporters, particularly with the Out To Play Appeal, where our supporters believe in the power of play and that our kids should be children first and patients second.
Over at Birmingham Women’s Hospital, we’ve launched our first appeal in 10 years – the Woodland House appeal. This will be a new standalone bereavement centre for our parents who have lost a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal death. Already the appeal has attracted both national and local attention. It is so rewarding to know we are aiming to provide a safe haven to support parents at such a sad time.

Until I joined the charity, I didn’t realise just how many people had been touched by the services of the hospitals and the charity, either directly or through friends and family. However, with over 641,000 visits from patients each year, it’s no wonder so many people have a connection. It makes me feel proud to work for an organisation which makes a difference to so many people and transforms lives. My advice to you amazing ladies out there is if you have a dream pursue it. Life is too short to not enjoy the world around you. Our patients deserve the best care and knowing that I can contribute towards that is the greatest feeling.

Do you have any advice to our A.W.M.B. family?

Remember to be grateful for what you have; there are others who are less fortunate than you. From seeing turmoil and tragedy to happiness and relief, follow your dreams. I am living mine by working for Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital, so make sure you aim to live yours.

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