Sheffield’s Jessica Ennis-Hill helps to raise £20,000 for poorly children in city

(l-r) Tchad Western, corporate fundraiser of The Children's Hospital Charity, Jessica Ennis-Hill and Tony Longden, divisional commercial director of Santander at a charity event at Cutler's Hall. Picture: Andrew Roe

(l-r) Tchad Western, corporate fundraiser of The Children's Hospital Charity, Jessica Ennis-Hill and Tony Longden, divisional commercial director of Santander at a charity event at Cutler's Hall. Picture: Andrew Roe

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Sheffield Golden Girl Jessica Ennis-Hill has helped to raise thousands of pounds to help poorly children in the city.

The Olympic and World heptathlete champion joined more than 220 guests for a fundraising gala ball raising money for The Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity.

A gala dinner raising funds for The Children's Hospital Charity

A gala dinner raising funds for The Children's Hospital Charity

Athletics legend Derek Redmond also attended the Cutler’s Hall event with a number of the city’s leading businesses.

More than £20,000 was raised through ticket sales, a raffle and an auction hosted by Jess.

The funds will go to The Children Hospital Charity’s Make It Better appeal, which aims to raise funds to build a new wing at the hospital.

Tchad Western, the charity corporate fundraiser, said: “The night was a fantastic success and will leave a legacy for our young patients for generations to come.

Jessica Ennis-Hill and Derek Redmond with guests at the charity gala

Jessica Ennis-Hill and Derek Redmond with guests at the charity gala

“All children deserve to get better in an environment designed with them in mind, and thanks to the support of Santander we are one step closer to being able to offer this for the 260,000 patients we see each year.”

The new wing will feature a spacious outpatients department, giant play tower and outdoor gardens.

It will also feature three new wards, with mostly private rooms with parents beds, so families can stay together at the most difficult times.

Tony Longden,from Santander, said: “We were delighted by the turnout and the success of the event.”

He added: “It was great to see so many local people and businesses donate to such an important local cause.

“We would like to thank all of the guests for making the evening so special.”