Sheffield business and Barnsley college unite in fundraising efforts

Fundraisers Helen Beck and Natalie Kerr with Helen's daughter Amelia and Theo the bear
Fundraisers Helen Beck and Natalie Kerr with Helen's daughter Amelia and Theo the bear
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A hotel owner whose daughter’s life was saved at Sheffield Children’s Hospital has joined forces with a college to raise money to say thank you for her care.

Helen Beck, from the Holiday Inn Royal Victoria Sheffield, and friend Natalie Kerr, a PE teacher at Barnsley’s Horizons Community College, have vowed to raise £25,000 for Sheffield’s Children’s Hospital Charity, to fund a private bedroom in a new wing of the hospital.

Natalie, who initiated a college fundraising group called ‘Horizons PE Charity Crew’, said: “Helen’s daughter, Amelia’s life was saved by the remarkable doctors and nurses at the hospital when she was only five-weeks-old.

“Now a lively three-year-old she is inspiring many people to help our cause. In honour of this, Helen has set out to raise £25,000 for the bedroom appeal, of which Horizon’s PE Charity Crew hope to raise £5,000 of.”

Holiday Inn Royal Victoria’s ‘Royal Victorian’ fundraising team and Horizon’s Community College are raising money for a new private bedroom in the hospital, as part of the hospital charity’s Make it Better appeal.

The appeal aims to raise £10m regionally by 2016, to transform hospital into a world-class facility to match the world-class care already received on the wards.

So far the PE Charity Crew has raised £1,000 by selling cakes at the college’s Candyland Dance Show and a further £908 by packing bags at Tesco Extra on Savile Street, Sheffield.

David Vernon-Edwards, director of the hospital charity, said: “We are so grateful for this commitment to our Make it Better appeal fundraising, which will help keep families together while their children are in hospital.

“The new bedrooms will provide comfort and privacy, so our patients can get better more quickly.”

Helen added: “It is great that the PE Charity Crew at Horizon Community College have chosen to support our room appeal by committing to raising £5,000.

“A massive well done to all the pupils involved. You’re a credit to the school and extended community.”