Cricket legend’s plea to improve city hospital

Michael Vaughan launches Sheffield Children's Hospital's new Make It Better Campaign with pupils from Westways Primary in Crookes
Michael Vaughan launches Sheffield Children's Hospital's new Make It Better Campaign with pupils from Westways Primary in Crookes
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Cricket legend Michael Vaughan has inspired star-struck youngsters to back a hospital’s multi-million pound revamp campaign.

The former England captain visited Westways Primary School in Crookes, Sheffield, to launch the Make it Better Day for the Sheffield Children’s Hospital charity.

The Strictly Coming Dancing star urged pupils to take part in fundraising activities on the awareness day, planned for Friday, June 28, to help raise £20 million for the hospital’s extension.

It is to be the hospital’s biggest ever fundraising event.

The Children’s Hospital Charity patron delivered the first fundraising packs to excited pupils and teachers at Westways earlier on this week.

He said: “The hospital provides fantastic levels of care to children across the whole of Yorkshire as well as beyond and it’s vital that the facilities and surroundings now match those high standards.

“I’m personally asking every family in the region to get involved and do something to Make it Better.

“Whether it is holding a cake sale, a sponsored bike ride or even a spot of dancing – anything goes!

“Every penny counts to make our extraordinary hospital even better.”

Westways was the first school in the city to sign up to the Make it Better drive. – and it is hoped that many more will take on the challenge.

Headteacher Melany Holmes said: “I’m delighted Michael came to deliver our fundraising packs personally.

“We’re so proud to be the first school to sign up to take part in the campaign.

“ And he has inspired the entire school to do something to Make it Better for the children’s hospital.”

The modernisation of the hospital in Broomhill will include a new entrance, reception and a ground-floor outpatients’ department, plus en-suite patient bedrooms on three new wards to allow families to stay together during a child’s time in hospital.

New sensory gardens where patients can relax will also be created as part of the improvement works – which will cost £40m in total.

A host of fundraising activities is being planned in the city on Make It Better Day.

Some residents will sell homemade cakes at work and others are marking their personal celebrations with fundraising activities to help raise the cash,.

n Visit www.make-it-better.org.uk or call 0114 2717203 to register for a fundraising pack, to read ideas on how to raise money or for further details on the campaign.