The Star Says: We all work hard to ‘Make it Better’

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As a region we always get behind fundraising campaigns, be it on a national or local scale.

We punch above our weight in giving cash and working with charities to make sure those less fortunate than ourselves get the help they need.

On our doorstep are several institutions that rely on donations, helping to supplement their finances and provide world-class services.

It is sometimes easy to be complacent about the expertise at Weston Park Cancer Hospital, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals and the Children’s Hospital among others.

There is also ground-breaking research being carried out daily at Sheffield’s two universities.

When a little extra is needed to help out then we’re only too willing to put a hand in our pocket.

And that’s what happened yesterday as Sheffield Children’s Hospital put the ‘fun’ into ‘fundraising’ as it celebrated its annual Make it Better Day in style.

The annual charity drive was marked all over South Yorkshire and beyond as everyone dug deep to raise cash for the hospital.

Improvements to the hospital will include a new wing, complete with mostly private rooms with parent beds so families can stay together.

The new wing will also feature a bright, spacious outpatients department, a courtyard and a giant play tower and is set to be complete by next spring.

Last year’s Make it Better Day raised some £60,000 and it’s hoped everyone will pull together to smash that amount this year.

Former patients, schools, nurseries and parents were among other supporters in the community doing everything from ferret roulette to baked bean baths in exchange for charity cash.

The fundraising continues beyond Make it Better day, of course.

One of the stories we have been following is the ‘Fat Lads from Dore’, a group of amateur cyclists – James Hope-Gill, Craig Smith, Dean Dove, Matt Currie and Pete Everitt – who are riding from London to Paris in aid of the Children’s Hospital.

The lads originally set a target of £25,000 but they’ve already smashed the £40,000 barrier and are aiming for £50,000 by the time of their ride in the middle of July.

They are just one great example of how we all support our local great causes through amazing fundraising efforts.