Sheffield pub digs deep to help children’s charity

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REGULARS at a Sheffield pub helped raise more than £1,500 for The Sick Children’s Trust.

Landlady Joy Shentall and her team at the Old Mother Red Cap in Bradway held a Diamond Jubilee-themed fundraising event. And nearby residents got behind the day manning stalls and organising games for people to take part in to boost funds.

The trust launched a £1.2 million Branching Out Appeal to build a new 13-bedroom ‘Home from Home’ at Sheffield Children’s Hospital in March.

The charity has seven ‘Homes from Home’ across the UK which provide free accommodation to families of sick children while they are being treated in hospital. It already has one house in Sheffield, Treetop House, which supports families of sick children, but due to high occupancy levels it is building a second home so it can support even more families.

Joy said: “The Treetop House manager came to see us and explained all about the trust a few months ago and what work it does in the community and beyond, supporting families of sick children. We were moved by the cause and wanted to show our support, so decided to adopt it as our charity of the year.

“We used the money from our first talent auction fundraiser back in March and gave this to the stall owners and set them a challenge to make a return on our investment - which everybody did. The day was a great success and we would like to thank everyone involved who worked so hard and showed so much enthusiasm.”