Big-hearted supporters – including more than 600 guests and celebrities – raised £107,000 at the star-studded Children’s Hospital Charity’s Winter Ball.
It will go towards the charity’s Make it Better Appeal – to raise £20 million by 2016 to transform the dated hospital into a world-class facility.
And, in a moving moment, a number of guests rose to their feet to pledge up to £1,000 each to fund a new portable ultrasound machine, which will be available for use in all the paediatric rheumatology outpatient clinics in the hospital.
The event, at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, showcased some of the UK’s hottest acts – performing were chart-toppers Scouting for Girls, Britain’s Got Talent finalist Jack Carroll and local band English Gentleman.
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Former patients who have benefited from money raised by The Children’s Hospital Charity, including brave schoolgirl Lucy Hibbert, from Chesterfield, spoke of their experiences.
The 13-year-old has been receiving treatment at the hospital since 2010 when she was diagnosed with a rare blood condition that means she is at risk of heart failure.
Auctions raised £64,000, including the chance to be pictured with patron Jessica Ennis-Hill – won by 2012/13 Master Cutler Neil MacDonald. Supporter Michael Vaughan also attended and BBC’s Football Focus presenter Dan Walker was host.
Roy Stride, Scouting For Girls frontman, who has family in Sheffield, said it was a privilege to play.
He said: “It’s a great event to raise lots of money.”
The charity’s director David Vernon-Edwards thanked everyone and said: “We are delighted to have raised £107,000 for such a fantastic cause.”
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