The Fort Heroes, chosen by The Fort Shopping Park, Birmingham’s out-of-city shopping park following a Facebook competition, are people who are going the extra mile to make a difference in communities within Birmingham and the wider West Midlands.
Angela is joined by PJ Ellis of LoveBrum, Kat Ellis, a paramedic at Midlands Air Ambulance Charity and Helen Bell of Karis Neighbour Scheme, who all amazed the Fort with the wonderful work they are doing for others across the city.
Angela said “There are some amazing charities in the region, all doing fantastic work. However, it can be a constant battle to be heard and get support. Being involved with the ‘Fort Heroes’ campaign is an amazing opportunity and a great platform to shout about the work we are so passionate about.”
Angela’s son Sam, now 16, contracted meningococcal septicaemia aged 18 months. After being seen by two doctors he was taken to hospital. “They did all kinds of tests on him, put in lines and gave him a huge dose of antibiotics” Angela said. “Then they said he can’t have another dose for 24 hours and there is nothing more that we can do – we just have to wait and see. Although they didn’t say it I knew they were waiting to see if he would live or die.”
“I didn’t sleep, I just watched his every breath. I just concentrated on Sam, making sure he was still alive. Looking back, I don’t think there was one moment when I thought I would lose him – I didn’t dare contemplate that.”
Fortunately Sam made a full recovery from his illness. Since then Angela has supported our work through fundraising and raising awareness, recently giving a talk to years 10, 11, 12, and 13 at a local grammar school, distributing 750 symptoms cards and receiving a £200 donation.
She also did an awareness talk to a postnatal group and collected a cheque for £1,200 from a local flower club.
As The Fort ambassadors, the chosen ‘heroes’ will appear within a campaign and be involved in lots of fun activities too; from being pampered at a fabulous pamper spa day courtesy of the New Hall Hotel and Spa in Sutton Coldfield to attending events, and writing blog posts for the website.
Marjan Horne, centre manager of The Fort said: “We are amazed and truly inspired by our ‘Fort Heroes’. We know there are wonderful people in our city doing such valuable work but we are truly honoured to have four of them as our new ambassadors.
“Over the coming months The Fort will be championing our heroes and asking our shoppers to get involved.”