Mission possible

2 April 2019 | Midlands

Matt Denning

Making dreams come true for poorly children.

Supporting their local charity partnership is something many partners hold dear to their heart.

Manager Sarah-Jayne Tighe leads the local charity partnership at the Sparkhill TSB branch in the city. Along with four other branches around Birmingham, they raise funds for Matt’s Mission, which makes dreams come true for terminally-ill children.

“Because it is children, it really does pull at the heart-strings,” admits Sarah. “It really doesn’t bear thinking about. A lot of the people at the branch have little ones, and we all think about how it must feel to be in these families’ shoes. That spurs us on to do all we can to raise funds for the charity whether that is a raffle or a cake bake or whatever.

“At Christmas we were told about one poorly little girl who just wanted people to send her a Christmas card. I got the team together and between us we ensured that she received over 50 cards. She died in January which made us so very sad, but we felt comforted that we were able to help her feel happy in even a tiny way.”

Matt Denning, 32, founded the charity Matt’s Mission in 2011 to grant wishes to very poorly children.

He started fundraising in 2009 after his grandfather was diagnosed with cancer, and has raised more than £200,000 so far.

Funds raised so far have supported around 20 children to travel to Disneyland or Lapland. They have also helped purchase new toys on the children’s wish lists and vital equipment needed in hospitals and special schools.

“We are granting wishes all the time, recently we bought iPads and gift vouchers for a toy shop so that children could go and pick out their own present to enjoy in hospital. We also recently sent a child to Peppa Pig World.

“We could not do that without the support of people and organisations like TSB who have been amazing from the start. They have been marvelous in their generosity and willingness to get involved in fundraising events.”