Goodyear Dunlop have been celebrating after smashing their charity fundraising target.

Goodyear Dunlop have devoted a year of fundraising to build a new playground at Birmingham Children’s Hospital and have managed to raise £52,000 an amazing eight months ahead of target.

The money, which has been raised through employee fundraising, company match funding and public events, has helped to build a top of the range play area. The Goodyear Dunlop Playground for the hospital’s Childhood and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) patients.

Children’s Hospital Corporate Fundraising Manager Fidelis Hynam said: “We have been exceptionally impressed by the fundraising efforts and commitment of Goodyear Dunlop and its employees and it is no surprise they have smashed their target so early.

“For the CAMHS patients and their families this dedicated outdoor space is a dream come true. With the average stay of a CAMHS patient being six months it is very important to have their own space where they can let off steam and importantly have fun.”

Goodyear Dunlop Group Managing Director Mark Brickhill said: “Community programmes such as this are a great way to get employees working together to benefit a good cause whilst developing their business skills.

“From our experience there are great benefits in offering support and encouragement to employees who chose to volunteer, whether it be for charity projects such as this or helping students at local secondary schools. We have found that employees who volunteer build on their leadership skills, coaching and communications skills.”

Birmingham Children’s Hospital has been the company’s corporate charity for the past two years with their support reaching £95,000 since the partnership began. Highlights of the fundraising includes charity balls, tyre rolls, car rallies and a Birmingham to Paris bike ride.