Chocolate time for Sheffield hospital

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SHEFFIELD people are being invited to join The Sick Children’s Trust’s ‘Big Chocolate Tea Party’ campaign in April.

It’s the chance to enjoy a chocolate treat with a cup of tea in support of families of children being treated in hospital.

In Sheffield, the trust finances Treetop House in the Children’s Hospital and has launched its Branching Out Appeal for additional accommodation at the back of the hospital. Across the UK, there are eight ‘Homes from Home’.

The chocolate-themed campaign has got the backing of celebrities including Coronation Street actress Kym Lomas, Casualty actress Gemma Atkinson and broadcaster, Alice Beer.

Last year the charity raised nearly £18,000 and is looking to double the figure this year.

To receive a ‘Big Chocolate Tea Party’ pack, visit or email

The Sheffield appeal was launched last year with the support of actor Dominic West.

The extra accommodation, in two converted properties off Northumberland Road, with direct access to the hospital, is due to be open by the summer, and will allow 300 more families a year to be near their children at their time of greatest need.

For details of the appeal, click on the Branching Out Appeal button on the Telegraph website:

Fundraiser Samantha Silverwood can be contacted on samantha@sickchildren’s, or visit