Hospice treats the city's PAs to a special lunch


More than 70 personal assistants and executive secretaries from some of Brum’s top companies descended on Edgbaston Stadium on Friday, 25 May, for a unique event showcasing the work of Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice.

Send your PA to lunch was supported by more than 25 businesses, which donated the venue, limousine transport and a range of incredible draw prizes for the event.

Speakers at Send your PA to lunch included Hospice patron and newsreader Nick Owen, along with the charity’s chief executive Tina Swani and Chair of Trustees Judi Millward.

Theresa Meek, from Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice fundraising team, said: “Send your PA to lunch was a really enjoyable event and enabled us to make some great new corporate friends in Birmingham.

“I hope the PAs who attended had fun and learned a bit more about what the Hospice does in the community and, crucially, will carry that message back to their respective workplaces with a view to becoming involved in supporting Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice on a long-term basis.”

Theresa added: “I would like to thank all of the organisations that made the event possible through their truly valued support. I would also like to thank the chief executives and managers of the various companies for giving their PAs some time out to come and learn about the charity.”

The event was made possible thanks to the fantastic support of Edgbaston Stadium, which supplied its exclusive Jaguar Club venue and hospitality free of charge.

Edgbaston Stadium Sales and Marketing Manager Penny Carter said: “We feel privileged to have been able to support such a great local cause through this lovely event, which gave so many organisations the chance to showcase their respective services.

“We had been looking to organise a PA event and when the Hospice approached us it was clear that it was a perfect opportunity for us to meet that objective and support an important local cause at the same time. We really enjoyed welcoming our PA guests to Edgbaston Stadium and look forward to seeing them again in the not-too-distant future.”

One of the PAs who attended was Debbie Hemming, of Clear Cut Virtual Assistance in Solihull. She said: “It was a brilliant event in a lovely venue with a great variety of trade stands. For me, it has been a really good opportunity to network and I feel it’s important to support the work of the Hospice, you never know when a friend or family member will need its help.”

Exhibitor Sophia Johnson, of Premier Apartments added: “Send your PA to lunch was one of the best networking events I’ve been to; it’s been a real success for me. The reason behind it was also very important too, as I know only too well from family connections about the work of the Hospice.”

For further information about Send your PA to lunch please visit the Hospice website at www.bsmh.org.uk/fundraising/events/palunch.php

Pictured (left to right): Penny Carter (Sales & Marketing Manager of Edgbaston Stadium's Conference & Events Team), Guy Wolfenden (Head of Commercial at Edgbaston Stadium), and Maria Clune (Sales Co-ordinator in Edgbaston Stadium's Conference & Events Team).

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