Goodyear Dunlop Makes Big Push for Birmingham Children’s Hospital
Birmingham’s city centre canal system received some unusual visitors on August 31 when Goodyear Dunlop employees rolled one of the company’s Marathon truck tyres along its banks in a bid to raise funds for Birmingham Children’s Hospital. This unusual challenge was thought up by the company’s truck tyre department, which was seeking to take on an endurance challenge in aid of the companies’ corporate charity. The two-mile push saw the team of 15 from Goodyear Dunlop’s Birmingham and Wolverhampton sites negotiate bridges and slopes in an effort to move the 62 kilogram, metre high Goodyear Marathon truck tyre along the historic canal route.
Earlier this year, Goodyear Dunlop pledged to raise £50,000 to fund the development of a specialist play area for the Childhood and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) at the hospital. Fidelis Hynam, corporate fundraiser manager for Birmingham Children’s Hospital, explained the importance of this pledge: “There is currently no suitable outside play area for these patients and they desperately need somewhere where they can let off steam, use up their energy and forget their health worries in a safe and fun environment. Goodyear Dunlop is committed to raising the much needed funds to make the play area a reality,” she added, “and staff are really going that extra mile to help – literally!”
“When we heard about the CAMHS appeal we couldn’t help but spring into action and this challenge proved a popular choice,” said Jaime Gosling, team leader for the tyre roll. “We have had phenomenal support from Goodyear Dunlop associates, customers and even people we met along the route all helping us to raise over £2,000. On behalf of the team I would like to thank everyone who helped make this such a success.”
For more information on the Goodyear Dunlop Truck Marathon Tyre Roll and to show your support by making a donation please visit justgiving.com/tyreroll.