Glittering night of sport raises £30,000

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Two Sheffield charities have raised £30,000 with an evening of glitz, glamour and the city’s sporting stars.

More than 600 guests attended the Olympic Legacy Park event last October, which was organised to recognise the city’s past, present and future athletes.

The money raised from the event has now been donated to The Children’s Hospital Charity and SportsAid Yorkshire and Humberside - to help both organisations continue the work they do for the people of Sheffield and surrounding areas.

The evening, presented by BBC sports reporter Tanya Arnold, and held at the English Institute of Sport, was attended by several athletes from Rio 2016, including five World Champions and nine Olympic and Paralympic medallists.

Olympic gold medallist Jessica Ennis-Hill was among the top names in attendance, along with Olympic hockey champion, Hollie Webb; Paralympic rowing champion, Grace Clough; Olympic gymnastics silver medallist Bryony Page, and many more.

Corporate fundraiser for The Children’s Hospital Charity, Tchad Western, said: “Our charity works to fund enhancements to Sheffield Children’s Hospital over and above the NHS provision, so it is our job to help keep Yorkshire’s only standalone children’s hospital at the forefront of paediatric care. All donations from the Celebration of Sport will help fund a life-saving fluoroscopy suite.

Stephanie Clark, regional fundraiser for SportsAid Yorkshire and Humberside, said: “As a charity that works with promising young athletes in Yorkshire this event was really special for us. We can now further our work with the next generation of Yorkshire Olympians, Paralympians and World Champions.”

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