Building firm raises thousands for appeal

Martin Ludlow / Andy Burton / Paul Ashcroft
Martin Ludlow / Andy Burton / Paul Ashcroft

STAFF from a Sheffield building contractors turned the opening of their new office into a chance to raise money for a children’s charity - raising more than £2,000 in the process.

M3 has extended its headquarters at The Iron Works on Foley Street, Attercliffe and celebrated with a party including a raffle, auction and games.

The firm collected £2,237, which will be donated to the Sick Children’s Trust’s Branching Out appeal, backed by the Sheffield Telegraph.

This sum will be added to the £1,000, which the M3 team raised this summer by taking part in the Jane Tomlinson 10k run in Leeds - bringing the total amount to £3,659.

The Sick Children’s Trust currently has eight ‘Homes From Home’ across the UK which provide free, high-quality accommodation to families of poorly children while they are being treated in hospital.

It already has one property in Sheffield, called Treetop House, but wants to open a new, 11-bedroom facility to support an additional 300 families per year.

The charity is building the family accommodation to support Sheffield Children’s Hospital’s £40m redevelopment project.

James Oliver, managing director at M3, said: “We were extending our current offices and wanted to do something special to make more of an event of it.

“As The Sick Children’s Trust is our chosen charity for this year we thought it would be great to turn it into a fun event that all the staff, friends and family members could enjoy whilst raising some money for a great cause.

“All of our suppliers really got behind the idea too and donated items for the auction so we have to thank them for their generosity.

“This is a cause that is close to a lot of our hearts and we will continue to do all we can in helping the charity reach its goal of opening the new house by Summer 2013.”

Partygoers also enjoyed fireworks, a bonfire and a hog roast, while local band Misty and Co entertained guests with live music.

Samantha Silverwood, the trust’s regional fundraiser for Yorkshire, said: “It just goes to show how you can transform any type of event into a fundraising opportunity for a great cause.”

She added: “We only have six months left until we open our new house so we need all the support we can get from businesses and the local community to help us reach our fundraising goal and continue our work in supporting families when they need each other most.”

You can make a donation by clicking on our special Branching Out Appeal 
button on the Telegraph website at Sheffield Telegraph

If you would like to help by organising an event or collection, contact Samantha Silverwood, Regional Fundraiser – Yorkshire on, or ring Treetop House on 0114 2717176.All cheques should be made payable to The Sick Children’s Trust and post them to Treetop House, The Sick Children’s Trust, Sheffield Children’s Hospital, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TH.

Log on to Sick Children Trust to find out more information about the Branching Out appeal.