Big-hearted Star readers have helped to smash the fundraising target for an appeal that will make things better for poorly children in Sheffield.
The Star called on readers to help raise £25,000 as part of Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity’s Make it Better appeal – and scores of individuals and businesses threw their weight behind the campaign.
Twenty-four hours of mass fundraising on Make it Better Day on June 27 saw a host of weird and wonderful charity events take place at homes, schools, community venues and workplaces, to raise as much money as possible for the worthy cause. And today The Star can reveal the total raised from the day stands at a staggering £48,665 – with a further £10,000 still expected to roll in.
The achievement doubles the hoped-for £25,000 target.
David Vernon-Edwards, director of The Children’s Hospital Charity, said: “Last year’s event raised over £28,000, so this year to reach nearly £50,000 is incredible – and the total is still rising. Thank you to everyone, including The Star’s readers, for helping Make it Better day be such a success.
“The amount of support we received in The Star was phenomenal and we look forward to doing lots more together in the future. We are already excited and planning next year’s event, which we hope will be bigger still.”
Money raised through the make it Make it Better appeal, which launched in 2012, will help to extend the existing hospital with the addition of single occupancy rooms for patients and parents to stay together and recover with privacy.
The transformation has already started, with the area where the new building will stand cleared and ready for building to begin.
Thanks to the efforts of hundreds of dedicated fundraisers, the charity has already received £3 million in donations out of the £10 million needed regionally by 2016 to fund the extension.
Among this year’s Make it Better Day fundraisers were some of the 245,000 patients that pass through the hospital’s doors each year, as well as local residents keen to see the first class facility remain on their doorstep.
The Star’s Editor James Mitchinson said: “We’re incredibly proud of our readers for helping us support The Children’s Hospital Charity by raising such a fantastic amount of money.Together we are improving Sheffield Children’s Hospital and helping to make it better for children in their care.”