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Karl and nurse friends Midland war hero karl Hinett made headlines around the world in 2005 when his burning body was pictured jumping from his tank in Iraq. It took medical staff at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham five years to patch up his ravaged skin, which suffered 37 per cent burns. Since his discharge in 2010, Karl, from Tipton in the Black Country, has dedicated his life to fundraising in honour of the doctors and nurses on the burns unit who saved his life. And last year he completed an epic two-year endurance that saw him run nearly 3,000 miles in 100 marathons in 26 countries – raising £30,000 for the QEHB Charity. Now Karl, aged 26, wants his feat to inspire business men and women to take part in the BUPA Great Birmingham Run in October in aid of the charity. “It felt amazing,” said Karl. “Leading up to it, I could feel my body was really getting tired so it felt great to have finally finished. If I can do it, anybody can!” Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity exists to support the patients of University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust. It does this by providing extra equipment and facilities at the Queen Elizabeth hospitals and by funding research, all of which are over and above core NHS services. The charity also


supports the military patients treated at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham and is raising funds to build Fisher House (www., a ‘home from home’ for military patients and their families to spend time together in a non-clinical environment. Businesses wanting to help raise funds should contact the QEHB Charity on 0121 371 4842 or by email at Or sign up for the BUPA Great Birmingham Run at or by contacting Justine Davy at the charity. • The QEHB Charity is holding the Fisher House Ball at the Palace Suite, Metropole Hotel, NEC, Birmingham on 22 June, to raise money for the new military home. for more details. Michael allchin, chief executive of The Birmingham Assay Office, has been presented with a Fundraiser of the Year Award by Cyclists Fighting Cancer. Michael raised £16,000 for the charity with a 50-mile ride through a very cold, wet and windy Cotswolds in September. The money funded the purchase of 45 bikes, six trikes, five KMX Karts and one tandem, making a significant improvement to the lives of 57 children with cancer, and their families. Michael said: “The support, encouragement and overwhelming generosity of many friends and colleagues in the jewellery industry has been tremendous and the outcome makes it all worthwhile, although I still never want to be so cold, wet and exhausted again.” The first ever JCB Mud Run raised more than £30,000 to help children in the Midlands at risk of harm and abuse. Around 500 JCB employees and members of the public braved winter weather to slither and slide around a five mile course over


20 obstacles near to the grounds of JCB’s headquarters in Rocester, Staffordshire. The £30,624 raised will now go towards the company’s £1m NSPCC Appeal to support Carole House, a specialist NSPCC Centre in Newcastle-under-Lyme, dedicated to saving babies and young children across Staffordshire from abuse and harm. JCB has been raising money for the NSPCC for nearly 30 years when Lady Carole Bamford, wife of JCB Chairman Sir Anthony Bamford, became involved when her own three children were young. Carole House is named after Lady Bamford in honour of JCB’s fundraising. The current appeal has recently broken through the £750,000 mark – and Sir Anthony Bamford has pledged to double the appeal total once the £1m target has been reached. Forresters, the Birmingham-based intellectual property specialists, has chosen the city’s John Taylor Hospice as its charity for 2012/13. The psychological therapies and well-being team at John Taylor Hospice in Erdington has already received a dictation machine, a selection of books and memory boxes as part of the deal. A retiring senior partner at KPMG in Birmingham raised more than £6,000 for a children’s hospice by asking colleagues to make cash donations in lieu of gifts. Mark Hopton, of Solihull, has been supporting Acorns for more than ten years at fundraising events, and has now been appointed as trustee of the charity. He said: “As one of the most deserving and stand-out local charities, I am absolutely delighted to be joining Acorns as a trustee.”