Sheffield hospital charity hopes to continue fundraising success

Sheffield Children's Hospital Charity's patrons Dan Walker, Jessica Ennis-Hill and Nick Matthew
Sheffield Children's Hospital Charity's patrons Dan Walker, Jessica Ennis-Hill and Nick Matthew
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Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity enjoyed a successful year of fundraising in 2014 and is gearing up for another bumper year to support poorly youngsters.

Highlights of the past 12 months included hundreds of thousands of pounds being raised for the charity’s Make it Better appeal.

The ambitious campaign aims to raise £10m by 2016 to fund a brand new wing at the hospital, which is currently being constructed.

Back in June, some 300 individuals, groups and businesses, including big-hearted Star readers, helped to raise almost £60,000 in just 24 hours, on the second annual Make it Better Day.

And the charity is hoping for repeat success on June 26 this year, when Make it Better Day will once again call upon fundraisers to help boost the appeal fund pot.

Team Theo, the charity’s group of active challenge participants, also enjoyed a successful 2014. In May, Jessica Ennis-Hill became the face of Team Theo, while squash legend Nick Matthew joined the charity as patron in October.

Last month, Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity was also named as a partner for this year’s Plusnet Yorkshire Half Marathon.

David Vernon-Edwards, director of the hospital charity, said: “Our fantastic supporters have helped us raise money which is transforming the lives of our patients and will do for generations to come. But as the 2016 deadline for the Make it Better appeal edges closer, we still need to raise more.”