Festive cheer is being spread across Sheffield this Christmas while raising vital cash for city charities.
Weston Park Cancer Hospital and Sheffield Children’s Hospital have been illuminated with twinkling displays of lights as they gear up for the festive season.
Brave youngster Jessica Bryant, who was diagnosed with a rare form of kidney cancer in 2014, helped to switch on Weston Park’s Christmas lights.
The four-year-old pressed the red button to light up the front of the hospital to spread some festival cheer to patients having to spend time in the hospital over Christmas.
She was helped by Dave Allen, owner of A&S Leisure, and hospital worker Jean Buchanan.
This Christmas, Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity is asking for support to remember the vital work of the hospital by making a donation to its Christmas Star Appeal.
The appeal – sponsored by Napoleons Casino and backed by The Star – is hoping to bring patients a smile this Christmas.
Last year’s appeal raised more than £37,000 and was supported by almost 1,000 people.
This year in recognition of all donations received, the charity will send out a silver star decoration for people to hang on their Christmas Tree at home.
More than 80 sparkling snowflakes now adorn the Sheffield’s Children’s Hospital building while raising cash to help build a brand new wing.
Companies from across the region have pledged to sponsor each snowflake, raising more than £70,000 for The Children’s Hospital Charity’s Make it Better appeal.
Tchad Western, corporate fundraiser at The Children’s Hospital Charity, said: “Every year we are blown away by the generosity of businesses who pledge their support for our patients and staff by sponsoring one of these snowflakes.
“This year, more money than ever before has been raised to help bring world-class facilities to our hospital – meaning patients from all over the country can get better in comfort.”
The appeal, launched in 2012, needs funds to build a new wing at the hospital complete with three new wards with mostly private rooms, a new outpatients’ department, outdoor gardens and space to play.
Families gathered to watch as St Luke’s Hospice brought some festive sparkle to Sheffield’s train station.
Lord Mayor of Sheffield Coun Talib Hussain pushed the plunger to switch on the station’s lights while Escafeld Chorale and Chorus Choir belted out festive favourites.
The switch-on came ahead of the charity’s Festival of Lights, where the hospice gardens will covered in lights dedicated to loved ones.