A million thank-yous to hospital fundraisers

THANKS a million! Fundraisers from the WRVS handed over £1 million to the Sheffield Hospitals Trust.

Dedicated volunteers raised the impressive total by giving hours of their time to work in the charity's coffee shops across the trust's five hospitals - the Northern General, Royal Hallamshire, Weston Park, Jessop Wing and Charles Clifford.

It is the largest single amount gifted by the organisation since the charity was founded in 1938.

Members met in one of the newly refurbished cafes to hand over the cheque to David Stone, chairman of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Nearly 400,000 of the donation has already been used to build a new Biomedical Research Unit at the Northern General Hospital. The unit aims to translate cutting edge research into new clinical procedures and understanding, improving the treatment of patients with bone and cardiovascular disease in Sheffield and across South Yorkshire.

Mr Stone said: "I am delighted to accept the generous donation and would like to say a big thank you to all the volunteers working throughout Sheffield Teaching Hospitals.

"This is also a great way to celebrate the hospitals' long standing partnership with WRVS."

Lynne Berry, WRVS chief executive, said: "This is the largest single amount donated in our 72-year history and we are delighted to present this cheque."

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