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Join Team Theo’s charity challenge

The Childrens Hospital Charity is urging people from across the region to consider joining Team Theo as part of their New Years Resolutions in a bid to raise funds for its Make it Better appeal to transform the Childrens Hospital in Sheffield for patients, their families and friends.  The call comes as the Charity, which relies on donations and sponsorship to support the four key areas that it funds - research into the prevention and cure of childhood diseases, improvements to the hospital nvironment, specialist medical equipment, and new facilities to extend the range of  treatment provided  looked back on some of its 2013 fundraising highlights.

The Childrens Hospital Charity is urging people from across the region to consider joining Team Theo as part of their New Years Resolutions in a bid to raise funds for its Make it Better appeal to transform the Childrens Hospital in Sheffield for patients, their families and friends. The call comes as the Charity, which relies on donations and sponsorship to support the four key areas that it funds - research into the prevention and cure of childhood diseases, improvements to the hospital nvironment, specialist medical equipment, and new facilities to extend the range of treatment provided  looked back on some of its 2013 fundraising highlights.

Team Theo at Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity is seeking new recruits for 2014.

The team of hospital fundraisers, which supports patients and their families, is looking for people from across the region to help gather donations for the Make it Better appeal.

Charity director David Vernon-Edwards said: “We are so grateful to everyone who has helped Make it Better in 2013.

“We managed to raise an outstanding amount last year and hope to continue to raise more this year.

“We would like to invite everybody from across the country to join Team Theo and take on any challenge, organise any event or bake as many cakes as they can to help our children get better more quickly.”

Team Theo, led by hospital mascot Theo the bear, is trying to raise £20 million to transform the children’s hospital into a world class facility.

The huge development will include a new block with basement car park, a new main entrance, a ground floor out-patients department, single rooms with en suite facilities, external landscaped areas, and specialist medical equipment and facilities.

The call for more fundraisers and supporters comes as the charity looks back on some of its 2013 highlights.

Over the 12 months, supporters funded more than £1 million worth of new equipment such as X-ray scanners, which helped more than 2,000 children, and raised £250,000 for vital medical research.

Funds were raised through many different activities including Tough Mudder, the Sheffield Half Marathon, fun runs, school bake-offs, bungee jumps, coast-to-coast cycle challenges and swimathons.

Mr Vernon-Edwards added: “Thank you to everybody who helped in 2013.

“There is still lots to raise to transform the hospital and the team are looking forward to an even more successful 2014, with building work scheduled to start later this month to improve the facilities and access to Sheffield Children’s Hospital.”

Star fundraiser Jack raised £12,000 after his surgery

The Children’s Hospital Charity raises between £1.6m and £1.8m per year to support and enhance the work of Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust.

Anybody interested in signing up to Team Theo can do so at www.tchc.org.uk/team-theo.

The website gives plenty of fundraising ideas, and also showcases some of the supporters’ previous fantastic work.

Meet 12-year-old Jack Butt - one of the Children’s Hospital Charity’s star fundraisers of 2013.

Less than five months after having major surgery at the hospital, Jack raised more than £12,000 by swimming 50 lengths of his local pool for the Make it Better appeal.

Other fundraising highlights of 2013 include the efforts of trainee lawyer Lucy Wheeler, 26, who ran the Paris Marathon to say thank you to the hospital which saved her little sister’s life.

And fundraiser James Gregory took on two triathlons, a marathon, a two-mile open water swim, a 100-mile cycle ride and two Ironman triathlons to raise £1,800 for the hospital that saved his nephew’s life.

 

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