Sheffield couple set sights on £1m fundraising target

Jean Fyfe and David Fyfe at the 2013 Daffodil Ball at Baldwin's Omega
Jean Fyfe and David Fyfe at the 2013 Daffodil Ball at Baldwin's Omega
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A couple from Sheffield are well on the way to collecting £1million for the city’s children’s hospital – and they have no plans to stop.

For the past 23 years David and Jean Fyfe, from Dore, have organised the annual Daffodil Ball at Baldwin’s Omega in Brincliffe, which has helped provide several pieces of ground-breaking medical equipment to help treat sick youngsters.

This year’s event raised more than £25,500 – taking their overall fundraising total to more than £928,000.

Half of this year’s money will be used for a specialist portable ultrasound machine for babies in Sheffield Children’s Hospital’s neo-natal and intensive care wards.

The device will be used to help diagnose premature and full-term babies suffering from conditions such as brain traumas, heart defects and kidney infections.

David, who runs family business Fyfe Financial, said: “We’re so thrilled we are able to hold such an enjoyable event each year that people continue to support so generously.

“It’s extremely rewarding to see how the money really makes a difference to children’s lives and that’s why our involvement with the hospital is such a special part of our own.

“Jean and I are extremely proud and hugely thankful to everybody who has contributed to this brilliant fundraising total over the years – we couldn’t have done it without them.”

Auction prizes on offer at this year’s event included a guitar signed by singer Katie Melua, merchandise autographed by hospital charity patron Jess Ennis, a one-carat cut diamond and a golf lesson with top coach Peter Cowen.

Prasad Godbole, a consultant paediatric urologist at the hospital, attended the Daffodil Ball, and said the new scanner will make ‘a huge difference’.

“This very sophisticated scanner would allow doctors and nurses to take scans of seriously ill babies at their bedside, without even having to remove them from their incubators,” he said.

Cash raised by the ball will also support the charity’s Make It Better appeal, which aims to provide half of the £40m for the redevelopment of the children’s hospital.

The funds are needed for improvements such as single rooms with en-suite facilities, a play tower, gardens, specialist medical equipment and artwork.

The charity is encouraging Sheffielders to collect donations on June 28 as part of Make It Better Day, its biggest-ever fundraising day.

n Visit www.make-it-better.org.uk for more information.