Boost for Children’s Hospital House appeal

Tracey Hollis, landlady at Birley Inn, with Treetop House Manager,  Ann Wyatt.

Tracey Hollis, landlady at Birley Inn, with Treetop House Manager, Ann Wyatt.

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A hotel in Sheffield raised hundreds of pounds towards the £1.2m Branching Out Appeal for extra accommodation for families of patients at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

The Birley Hotel held a fundraising day, including a car wash, raffle and stalls run by local businesses, collecting nearly £250.

The cash will be split between The Sick Children’s Trust’s existing Treetop House, which also provides accommodation for families, and the new project.

Team leader Tracey Hollis said: “When I heard about the appeal I wanted to show my support and, although I don’t know anyone who has used Treetop House or have had to use the charity myself, as a mother of four I can sympathise with what the parents must be going through and how important the charity’s support would be during this time.”

Tracey, aged 42, added: “All my children have had to use Sheffield Children’s Hospital from time to time but thankfully I haven’t needed to ask for the charity’s help.”

Local companies Nails by Sarah, Tracey’s Cupcakes and Fancy Pants gave their time to the fundraising day and donated their profits.

A DJ also entertained visitors, playing music throughout the event.

Ann Wyatt, Treetop House Manager added: “We are so grateful to the support the team at the Birley Hotel have shown us in backing this appeal.

“It just goes to show that businesses of all sizes can get behind the campaign it just requires some team spirit.”

Ann said she is eager to hear from people who would like to help out or offer ideas for charity events.

The Sick Children’s Trust hopes to build a new 13-bedroom house, which will add to its seven ‘Homes from Home’ across the UK.

Visit www.sickchildrenstrust.org to get involved in the Branching Out appeal.