New garden created at Sheffield Children's Hospital

Charity trustees have visited the garden they helped fund for patients and families at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

Thursday, 16th January 2020, 10:46 am
Updated Wednesday, 29th January 2020, 9:24 am
The Podium Garden situated outside the hospital’s Outpatients Department at Sheffield Children's Hospital

Long-time supporters of The Children’s Hospital Charity, Julie and Neil MacDonald, have visited the garden they helped to fund for the first time after raising over £148,000 through the Mistress Cutlers Challenge.

The funds were raised by more than 70 businesses and community groups from across the region in 2013, when Julie was Mistress Cutler, and have contributed to the £40m transformation of Sheffield’s Children’s Hospital with the creation of the new wing.

Part of the transformation included the podium garden, situated outside the hospital’s Outpatients Department, which will be open to patients and families within the coming year.

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Julie MacDonald, The Children’s Hospital Charity Trustee and former Mistress Cutler, said: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who took part in The Mistress Cutler’s Challenge 2013. They baked, quizzed, ‘Zumba-ed’, ran, cycled and even fire-walked to help raise an amazing amount of money for the Make it Better Appeal.

“I hope that they, like Neil and I, are delighted that their hard work has helped to create a little outdoor oasis for the patients and their families when they visit Sheffield Children’s Hospital.”

David Vernon-Edwards, Director at The Children’s Hospital Charity said: “Julie and Neil have been incredible supporters of Sheffield Children’s Hospital for several years now.”