Grand concert for hospital

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FUNDRAISERS at Sheffield Children’s Hospital are planning a grand concert in the New Year to raise money for the site’s £40 million expansion.

The Children’s Hospital Charity, which is part-funding the new wing, has organised a spectacular performance of Peter and the Wolf by the city’s Endcliffe Orchestra.

The concert at Sheffield City Hall on February 5 will be narrated by BBC Radio Sheffield’s Rony Robinson.

Other family favourites at the concert will include music from Dr Who, the Simpsons, Pirates of the Caribbean and Wallace and Gromit.

Money raised will go to the charity’s Arts for Health programme, and used to fund part of the expansion if it’s given the go-ahead in January.

Richard Hunter, manager at City Hall, said he was proud to be hosting the concert because his twin daughters, eight-year-olds Kate and Aimee, were helped through a difficult start in life at the hospital. The twins survived a premature birth with a condition that could have proved fatal for both - and Kate needed a double hernia operation and a ‘spiker’ to correct her hips.

Richard said: “It’s difficult to tell how a baby is feeling sometimes, but when Kate had her spiker removed at three months you could really see the relief and happiness in her smile.

“We were lucky to be in Sheffield and the staff at the Children’s Hospital were brilliant.

Tickets for the concert, at 3pm on February 5, are available from Sheffield City Hall Box Office on 0114 278 9789.