Sheffield Children’s Hospital staff lead fundraising efforts

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Caring staff at Sheffield Children’s Hospital are gearing up for one of the busiest days in the hospital’s calendar - Make it Better Day.

The special fundraising bonanza on Friday will see the hospital’s departments taking part in 24 hours of weird and wonderful fundraisers to gather as much money as possible for the Make it Better appeal.

And they won’t be alone in their efforts. Many people from across Sheffield and beyond will be holding an array of fundraising activities on Friday to support the appeal, which will fund a much-needed extension to the children’s hospital.

Plans are already well underway on the wards, with young patients helping to make decorations to set the scene for the hospital’s Make it Better Day activities.

On the outpatients’ ward, play specialist Donna Webster-Payne and play leader Katie Farrell are preparing for a fancy dress fundraiser.

Donna said: “We will be dressing up as story book characters on Friday and getting patients and parents involved in the fun too.

“The children have been busy helping us make bunting and paper chains.”

Day shift staff on ward S1 will also be donning fancy dress for the day, while the night shift will be slipping on their favourite sleepwear for a special pyjama party.

In a nod to the upcoming Tour de France, staff on the M3 ward will be using pedal power to clock up cash during a sponsored cycle event.

Active team members will take it in turns to work up a sweat a static bike, loaned by Halfords, in the ward’s classroom.

They hope to keep its pedals spinning between 9am and 3pm on Friday.

Hospital play specialist Kevin Hartsorn said: “We need as much money as possible for the new wing of the hospital as well as to help improve existing areas of the hospital.”

He added: “Any money raised will help to make patients’ stays so much better, not just for them but for their parents too.”

Elsewhere in the hospital further fundraisers will include ‘wear a loud shirt to work day’, sponsored silences and money trails.

n Star readers holding a Make it Better Day fundraiser are encouraged to email their event photos and details to

Sheffield Children’s Hospital cook Marie Wainwright has been using her culinary skills away from the workplace to help Make it Better for poorly children.

Marie, along with her four grandchildren, Harry, aged six, Ela, five, Archie, four, and Lacey, one, planned a bake sale to help raise cash for the Make it Better appeal.

The family have been busy in the kitchen making sweet treats with the help of pals Owen Snape, six, and Edward Proost, four, which they intend to sell to friends and family.

The clever cooks constructed an impressive seven tier rainbow cake, complete with butter cream and jam filling, frosting and Make it Better decorations.

Marie said: “I like to plan adventures for my grandchildren and thought a bake sale fundraiser would be a fun activity for them to do that would benefit others.

“Last year we made gingerbread men but thought we would up the stakes this year with a rainbow cake.

“You never know when you might need the children’s hospital so I think it’s really important people support the Make it Better appeal that will improve our hospital.”


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


To receive a Make it Better Day fundraising pack, fill in and return our download form - CICK HERE.


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