Fundraising bonanza Makes it Better for Sheffield Children’s Hospital

Star reporters Rachel Parry and Richard Blackledge bake it better for Make it Better Day

Star reporters Rachel Parry and Richard Blackledge bake it better for Make it Better Day

Caring people came together to host a range of whacky and wonderful fundraisers for The Children’s Hospital Charity’s Make it Better Day.

The fundraising bonanza raised as much money as possible in 24 hours to help fund the transformation of Sheffield Children’s Hospital, including additional indoor and outdoor space.

From sponsored zumbathons to bake sales, individuals and organisations united to help raise money.

Schools held sports day events, hosted charity stalls and organised themed non-uniform days.

Green and Benz jewellery shop staged a teddy bear’s picnic, Plusnet hosted a pyjama day and competed for the best fundraising activity on each office floor, while All Stars hockey demonstrated their skills in the city centre.

Graham Shaw, of City Taxis, dressed up as a surgeon for the day and donated his fares and tips.

Staff at The Star baked it better for poorly children in Sheffield by holding a delicious cake sale.

And Children’s Hospital staff entertained patients and families with a host of fun fundraisers including fancy dress, money trails and a Tour de France-themed sponsored cycle.

Dearne Valley College staff and students cycled more than 50 miles along the Trans Pennine Trail.

And former patient Kai Diawne, aged seven, of Doncaster, went without sweets and chocolate for a week to raise money and held a stall at his school’s summer fair.

The Make it Better appeal, launched in 2012, has raised £3 million so far to help fund building work at the hospital, which is already under way. The aim is to raise £10m by 2016 to complete the work.

David Vernon-Edwards, director of The Children’s Hospital Charity, said: “Not only did organisations and individuals outside the hospital get involved, but our own staff embraced the day, dressing up the wards in the hospital and baking cakes.

“Make it Better Day raised a terrific amount of funds and brought a brilliant atmosphere to the hospital. All money raised will go towards the Make it Better appeal to create the best possible environment for children to get better more quickly, delivering world-class facilities to match the world-class expertise already provided.”

Get involved

The Star has committed to raising £25,000 as part of The Children’s Hospital Charity’s Make it Better appeal to fund a new single-occupancy room for poorly children – but we need your help

Donate today by text or online – here’s how:

To donate directly to the appeal, text STAR31 followed by either £1, £2, £4, £5 or £10, depending on the amount you wish to donate, such as STAR31 £5, to 70070. Alternatively, to make a donation via The Star’s Just Giving page, visit




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