HUNDREDS of students from the University of Sheffield are heading for Bulgaria this week to help raise vital funds for a second ‘Home from Home’ at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.
The Bummit Challenge saw 200 students set off on Monday morning with another 200 following them today (Thursday) to hitch-hike from Sheffield to Sofia in Bulgaria. They aim to spend as little money as possible by hitch-hiking all the way.
Total funds raised will be divided among the chosen charities which includes The Sick Children’s Trust’s £1.2m Branching Out Appeal – backed by the Sheffield Telegraph – to build a new ‘Home from Home’ at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.
The charity has seven ‘Homes from Home’ across the UK which provide free accommodation to families of sick children whilst they are being treated in hospital. It already has one in Sheffield, Treetop House, but due to high occupancy levels it is building a second home so it can support even more people.
Sam Cook, 20, a geography student and charity officer of Bummit, said: “This is the second time I have participated in the Bummit challenge. Last year we hitchhiked to Krakow in Poland. It’s a great event which raises a lot of money for very worthy charities. We had hundreds of applications from charities for our Sheffield RAG, but The Sick Children’s Trust really stood out to us a wonderful cause which has a vital impact on family life.
“Each student has to raise a minimum of £200 sponsorship, so if all goes to plan we will raise around £100,000, which would be an amazing feat.”
It is hoped that the new 11-bedroom house will be open by April 2013 and will support an additional 250 families each year.
Samantha Silverwood. The Sick Children’s Trust Regional Fundraiser – Yorkshire said: “This is a novel way for most of the students to be spending Easter but we really appreciate them giving up their chocolate eggs and home comforts to hit the road and raise money for our charity.”
To get involved in the Branching Out Appeal, visit www.sickchildrenstrust.org.