Sheffield students help out off their own bat

Pupils at Silverdale School are supporting Sheffield's Childrens Hospital Make It Better campaign. From left, Hannah Cobbold, Teacher Ben Marshall, Graeme MacDonald, Billie Varga and Abdul Khan
Pupils at Silverdale School are supporting Sheffield's Childrens Hospital Make It Better campaign. From left, Hannah Cobbold, Teacher Ben Marshall, Graeme MacDonald, Billie Varga and Abdul Khan
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A ping pong tournament hosted by Sheffield students will help revamp a city hospital close to their hearts.

Silverdale School pupils have thrown their weight behind the Make It Better campaign to raise cash for the £40m transformation of Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

Students will ask the whole school for ideas on how to raise the cash, but a non-uniform day and contest using new table tennis tables at the school have already been suggested.

School ambassador and student council member Hannah Cobbold, aged 15, said: “Over the years I have been to the children’s hospital so many times for various things I thought it was about time I helped them.

“We were thinking of having a tournament on the new table tennis tables and we are hoping to come up with some other ideas as well.”

On the Make It Better day, Friday, June 28, businesses, schools and residents will unite to raise cash for the hospital refurbishment.

Improvements will include state-of-the-art wards, single rooms and a new outpatients department.

Mike Pollard, Silverdale’s acting head, said: “We have good links with the children’s hospital because patron Michael Vaughan is a former student.

“The hospital is a place where almost every child in Sheffield has spent time and it is nice to give something back .”

n Visit www.tchc.org.uk/makeitbetter for details.