Date of release: 23 February 2021
Two marathon runners have been shortlisted for the BBC Radio West Midlands ‘Make a Difference Heroes Award’ after raising £10,000 for The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust Charity.
Stuart Bailey and Earl Edwards, both 47 and from Codsall, will attend the virtual ceremony towards the end of March hosted by singer Beverly Knight, and Matt Slack, an actor well known for his previous role in EastEnders. They previously ran 100 miles in May last year dressed up as Peppa Pig and The Pink Panther in order to raise money for New Cross Hospital.
The duo initially thought they would run up to 25 miles and had a target of raising £200, however they far exceeded their target and decided to run further to raise more money.
Since the start of the pandemic, local BBC radio stations have been recording stories about fantastic people who have given to their community. BBC Radio WM (West Midlands) were inundated with nominations from the public and voted Stuart and Earl into the top three for the ‘Community Spirit Award’.
The ‘Community Spirit Award’ is given to an individual or group whose efforts have made a real difference and uplifted spirits of people in Birmingham and the Black Country; The awards will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year.
Stuart, a store manager at a meat factory in Bilbrook and Earl, a care worker from Codsall, said: “We were in total shock when we received the news about being shortlisted for the awards. We didn’t expect to get this far, all we wanted to do was run a few miles and create a few smiles- we have definitely achieved that!”
Leanne Bood, Fundraising Coordinator for The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust Charity said: “I was thrilled to hear that Stuart and Earl had been shortlisted for a BBC Radio WM Make a Difference Heroes Award. They have done so much to support our patients and staff- we will always be grateful.”
Their fundraising contributed towards The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust’s Covid-19 Appeal, which has been used to purchase iPad’s and TV’s for patient’s use, as well as several initiatives to support staff wellbeing.
To find out more information about BBC Radio WM Make a Difference Heroes Awards and to see who else has been shortlisted, visit- https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/3CMlGbBmqyRVzxdt46RW7f4/bbc-radio-wm-make-a-difference-heroes-awards
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