Every pound counts to Sheffield hospital charity

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A new fundraising campaign launched by Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity is reminding people that even the smallest donation can make a big difference.

Throughout January the charity is asking caring supporters to take part in its Every £1 Counts fundraiser by making a donation and sharing a ‘pound selfie’ photo on Facebook and Twitter.

All funds will go towards the charity’s Make it Better appeal, which aims to raise £10m regionally by 2016 to transform Sheffield Children’s Hospital with world class facilities to match the world class care and treatment it provides.

David Vernon-Edwards, director of hospital charity, said: “Every £1 counts, and a lot of pounds can make a lot of difference.

“If everyone in Sheffield donated £1, the charity would have £500,000 – the same amount the charity spent on a life-saving CT scanner in 2010.

“If everyone in Yorkshire gave £1, we would have millions of pounds to help transform the lives of the children who come from all over the county, all over the UK and the world to be treated here.”

The Make it Better appeal will extend and improve services at the city’s children’s hospital with the addition of a brand new building and much-needed outdoor space for reflection and respite.

Construction work has begun on the extension, which will include three brand new wards with 66 per cent single rooms. These will feature en suite facilities and parent beds, creating privacy and space for young patients to recover from treatment.

There will also be a stimulating sensory garden for children to get some fresh air and a basement car park with 60 spaces, making it easier for relatives to visit.

To donate to the Every £1 Counts campaign, text THEO14 £1 to 70070, and share your #Poundselfie on Facebook and Twitter. Or donate online, at www.tchc.org.uk.