Family of sick four-year-old urges support for life-saving fundraising campaign

By Jamie Brassington | Walsall | News | Published:

A family whose four-year-old son is a regular hospital patient is calling on people to support a fundraising campaign which will help other poorly children.

Yusuf Kosar

Yusuf Kosar, from Walsall, attends Birmingham Children’s Hospital three times a week to undergo dialysis.

His family are supporting the Big Bandage which is an annual campaign to raise funds.

Yusuf’s mother Shamina said: “Yusuf has to sit for long periods of time when he comes in for dialysis. For any four year old that’s very difficult, as they love to move around and explore.

“The staff are great at keeping him calm and occupied during his dialysis, he has lots of fun with different activities such as colouring and reading.

“He also gets visits from the Giggle Doctors and the Singing Medicine choir – the time goes by a little quicker with help from them, it helps distract him from what’s going on around him.

“We’re proud to be supporting the charity’s Big Bandage campaign this year, not only to help them fund activities such as the Giggle Doctors and Singing Medicine, but also to show solidarity with all the other brave children across the hospital. They’re all going through such difficult times and if we can do our bit to show our support – we will.”


The campaign is now in its fifth year and cash goes to support Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Birmingham Women’s Hospital.


The Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital Charity, which helps support both hospitals, is calling on people to raise money by carrying out sponsored activities.

Miranda Williams, public fundraising Manager at Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital Charity, said: “Big Bandage Day is back, and it’s going to be bigger and better than ever! And all we’re asking is for people to be brave to support our brave children, like Yusuf.

“Of course, we’re not expecting everyone to jump out of a plane or scale the side of a building (although you’re more than welcome to).

We’re just looking for people to take on a challenge which tests their nerve and pushes their comfort zone.

“However people decide to fundraise, all money raised will support our charity’s mission to raise the vital funds needed to make a real difference to all our incredibly brave children, offering them the best experience possible when treated at our hospital.”

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Jamie Brassington

By Jamie Brassington
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