Starbucks staff raise cash for Sheffield Children’s Hospital

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Staff at eight Starbucks branches across Sheffield are celebrating after reaching a £25,000 fundraising target for The Children’s Hospital Charity.

Five branches in Sheffield and three in Meadowhall set out two years ago to raise the cash, which will sponsor a private room in a new wing currently being built at the hospital.

The wing will feature three new wards with mostly private rooms complete with proper parent beds, enhanced privacy features, en-suite facilities and an entertainment system.

Joanne Leverton, district manager at Starbucks, said: “The rooms are going to be fantastic.

“As a parent I know that if your child was ill you would sleep on a cocktail stick to be near them, but to have that privacy at a time when you are at your lowest is absolutely invaluable.

“It was eye opening to see what changes will be made in the new wing, and inspiring to think we have helped in some way.”

The branches have held a number of fundraising events over the last two years, from running marathons, fancy dress days and cake bakes to selling charity merchandise to boost their total.

Joanne added: “Staff and customers have been so generous. Everyone has taken this challenge to heart and really got behind it.

“There has been such determination to complete the challenge that now we have finished, I think we will continue and set ourselves another target.”

Emma Dove, corporate fundraiser at The Children’s Hospital Charity, said: “Staff at Starbucks have been absolutely fantastic and committed to raising this money, and we are thrilled that they have reached their total.

“We really do urgently need people to support us with fundraising for the new wing so we can create a hospital environment designed with children in mind.

“It is vital that we match our world-class care with world-class facilities.”