Last chance to bid on incredible auction prizes including holidays and speedboat pub crawl as Sheffield ball goes online

A ball set up by two Sheffield couples that has raised more than £1.1m and been attended by almost 7,000 people in over thirty years has moved online this year in the form of a virtual auction – and the prizes are incredible.

Friday, 28th May 2021, 12:14 pm
A speedboat pub crawl in Scotland is one of the prizes

David and Jean Fyfe first set up the Daffodil Ball with friends Nigel and Sandra Worthington in 1990 to raise funds for Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity.

The ball has been held every spring since, helping to raise over £1 million for the charity.

However, last year’s thirtieth event was cancelled due to the pandemic and, with lockdown restrictions not fully lifted, the event this year will once again not go ahead.

A golfing holiday is just one of the prizes

Instead, the Daffodil Ball will be in the form of an online auction thanks to virtual entertainment company Redtooth, with some amazing prizes up for grabs. Money raised will also help children with skin conditions such as eczema.

As well a chance to win a trip to Italy, dinner at a Gordon Ramsay restaurant, and golf breaks, you will be helping to support the ‘fantastic’ work of Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

Time is running out to bid on prizes though, as the auction closes in just three days, on Monday May 31.

Other prizes include:

Co-founders of the Daffodil Ball, Jean and David Fyfe. Photo by Linda Bussey.

Dinner for two at the world famous Le Manoir, Oxfordshire

• Romantic 3-night villa break for two to Verona, Italy

• Fine Dining experience in your own home for up to 10 people

• Speedboat pub crawl for up to 7 people around Loch Lomond, Scotland

• Five night La Manga Golf Break, Spain for 4 people, including 3 rounds of golf per person

• Overnight stay at the world-famous Belfry for 4 people, including 2 rounds of golf per person

• Luxury 2-night spa break at Danesfield House, Marlow-on-Thames for 2 people

• Voucher for two to Fischer’s of Baslow, Derbyshire

• Bespoke PA Jewellery set

• Anthony Joshua signed glove

• Master Chef experience in a private dining room at Halifax Hall, Sheffield for up to six people

• Joe Scarborough limited edition print

• 1-2-1 coaching session with former World Champion Squash Professional, Nick Matthew

• Motorbike Leathers signed and worn by former World Superbike Champion, James Toseland

It has also been confirmed that the money will be used for the children’s hospital’s dermatology department.

Professor Michael J Cork, consultant dermatologist at Sheffield Children’s Hospital, said: “Sheffield Children’s Hospital Children’s Clinical Facility (SCH CCRF) are extremely grateful for the support from David and Jean Fyfe to help raise money to support dermatology clinical trials. Severe skin diseases such as atopic eczema have a devastating effect on the lives of children and their families.

“Hosted by the University of Sheffield and in partnership with the SCH CCRF, Sheffield Dermatology Research are one of the leading centres for clinical trials of innovative new treatments for these conditions and these trials have transformed the lives of many children over the past six years.

"Please support the Virtual Daffodil Ball auction and help us transform the lives of many more children with severe skin diseases.”