One last effort is needed to hit the target in an appeal for extra accommodation for families of patients at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.
So far the Branching Out Appeal, launched by Sheffield-born actor Dominic West and backed by the Sheffield Telegraph, has raised £874,000 towards converting an 11-bedroom house in Northumberland Road, at the back of the hospital.
It leaves just over £90,000 to be found to complete Magnolia House - and The Sick Children’s Trust is calling for a final push.
Head of Fundraising Jane Featherstone said: “It’s been amazing to see how the Sheffield public have supported our appeal and helped us raise such a fantastic sum. We’re nearly finished and now need to ensure that the house has everything available that families might need to make their stay as comfortable as possible. Every penny donated really will make a difference.”
Already the trust provides free family accommodation at Treetop House in the children’s hospital so parents can be close to their children during treatment and avoid the upheaval of daily travel. Many parents come from outside Sheffield
Much of the fundraising has come from families who have benefited from the temporary homes.
Visit www.sickchildrenstrust.org. Cheques to The Sick Children’s Trust marked Branching Out Appeal to Ann Wyatt, Treetop House, Sheffield Children’s Hospital, S10 2TH.