Annual ball in Sheffield close to raising £1m for city hospital

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Organisers of a fundraising ball this weekend hope it will take the amount raised over the last quarter of a century to £1 million.

David and Jean Fyfe, from Dore, have organised a spring-time Daffodil Ball for The Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity every year since 1990 – raising £974,500 so far.

They organised the first ball after friends Nigel Worthington, a former Sheffield Wednesday footballer, and his wife Sandra had a child admitted to the hospital.

David said: “We had never done anything like it before but we ended up with around 200 guests and raised £5,844. I don’t know how it came about that we kept doing it, but we just did.”

Since then, the ball has been attended by 5,000 people, including singers Paul Carrack and Katie Melua and former Superbike world champion, James Toseland.

Yorkshire Segway tycoon Jimi Heselden also attended balls before his death and in a bid to boost the amount raised at one event gave everyone at the table of 10 he was on £10,000 each to bid on items up for auction.

Jimi, who died in 2010, gave over £200,000 over the years.

Ball organiser David said: “The generosity of people over the years has been incredible.”

To buy a ticket for Saturday’s ball email david@fyfefinancial.co.uk or to make a donation visit www.justgiving.com/Daffodil-ball