STAFF at Sheffield Children’s Hospital are busy rehearsing for a grand concert to raise money for a £40 million expansion of the world-class facility.
Doctors, researchers, managers and other staff from across the hospital have come together to prepare for a concert at Sheffield City Hall next month.
They will join Sheffield’s Endcliffe Orchestra in a joint performance of children’s music, including Peter and the Wolf, The Simpsons, Dr Who and Wallace and Gromit.
Last month the hospital announced plans for a £40m project to build a new wing to house three new wards and an outpatients’ department.
Six architects have submitted designs for the project – a panel of parents, staff and governors will select the winning design at the end of January.
The money raised at the concert will go towards the expansion, which is being jointly funded by the Children’s Hospital Charity and the NHS.
Simon Morritt, the hospital’s chief executive, said: “We’re all really looking forward to this concert especially with all the staff getting behind it as they have done.
“It’s been unusual for us to put on such an event as this and encourage the staff to be part of it but it’s very important to us that our staff feel part of our work for the future.”
Children’s Hospital patient governor and professional musician Holly-Rayne Bennett will play a starring role as soloist on the day.
Holly-Rayne, aged 21, said: “It’s been a delight to be asked to play in this concert and it’s a wonderful idea to get the staff and public together to celebrate music for children as well as to raise some money for the Trust.
“I’ve been a governor for a few years now and it’s a very worthwhile post which I really enjoy – the care from the trust is so good and it’s great to be involved.”
Martin Lightowler, conductor and musical director of the Endcliffe Orchestra, said: “We’re very excited to be playing this concert at such a lovely venue.
“The City Hall is a fantastic place and to be doing it in aid of the Children’s Hospital is even more special.
“We’re making the programme family-friendly to encourage mums and dads to bring their children and spend an afternoon doing something different.
“We all love Doctor Who – and it’s great to hear the music of such a fantastic TV show come to life in front of your eyes and ears.”
n Tickets for the concert, at 3pm on Sunday, February 5, cost £8 for adults and £4 for children, with free entry for under-fives. Call 0114 2789789 or log on to www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk.