Sheffield couple have a ball raising cash for Sheffield Children’s Hospital

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A kind-hearted couple who have organised a fundraising ball for the past 26 years reached their £1 million target with this year’s event.

Over 150 people attended the Daffodil Ball last Saturday night to raise cash for Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

David and Jean Fyfe, from Dore, have held the event every year since 1990 after their friends’ child was admitted to the hospital.

They needed to raise £30,000 this year to reach the £1m milestone.

David, who runs Fyfe Financial Ltd on Ecclesall Road South, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to have reached this incredible milestone.

“When we started our fundraising journey 26 years ago we never envisaged raising so much.

“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.”

David Vernon-Edwards, director of The Children’s Hospital Charity, said: “We are overwhelmed by the support David and Jean have given the charity over the years.

“Thanks to their tireless fundraising efforts we can bring new facilities to the hospital – making it better for children who come from all over the world for the hospital’s specialist care.”

All money raised from the ball will support the charity’s Make it Better appeal, which is funding the construction of a new wing.

Over the years the money raised at the balls has paid for equipment including a specialist MRI scanner making the theatres department at Sheffield Children’s Hospital one of the most advanced in the country.

It has also paid fort a portable ultrasound device for the neonatal unit.