Selfies raise money for needy children in Sheffield

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They say a picture tells a thousand words – and raises hundreds of pounds for a Sheffield charity.

More than 500 ‘pound selfies’ – where people pose with £1 for a photograph before donating it – have been shared online so far as part of the appeal for The Children’s Hospital Charity.

Those taking part include former patients, furry friends and even Chesterfield FC goalkeeper Tommy.

Mum Sarah Taylor, of Greenhill, Sheffield, sent in photographs featuring her two children – Nancy, aged two, and one-year-old Alfie.

Alfie had an operation at the hospital last year as he had kidney failure.

Sarah said: “We are so grateful to the hospital for looking after Alfie when he required major surgery to remove his kidney last year. Nancy and Alfie both proudly donated to show their gratitude for their ongoing care.”

The Every £1 Counts campaign ran throughout January, but people can still send in their selfies on online media, before nominating a friend, to boost the cause.

Money raised will go towards the hospital’s Make It Better appeal, which aims to raise £10 million regionally by transforming the hospital with a new wing for patients.

Hospital chiefs have thanked people and said the photographs were ‘funny, creative and often touching’.

David Vernon-Edwards, charity director, said: “Every £1 counts when it comes to our hospital, so we are delighted with the number of people who got involved.

“Sheffield Children’s Hospital is an extraordinary place where children come from all over the world to receive highly specialised care.

“Every £1 donated helps us make the hospital even better, by providing world-class facilities to go above and beyond the NHS provision and help children get better more quickly.”

* To take part text THEO14 £1 to 70070 and share your £1 selfie on social media using #poundselfie

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