A Year In The Life of TCHC
We look back on a busy year for The Children's Hospital Charity, Sheffield.
2014 was a busy year for The Children’s Hospital Charity, as work got underway building a brand new wing at the hospital on Western Bank – the biggest healthcare project in the region.
Hundreds of events have been held, and hundreds of thousands of pounds raised for the project, as part of the charity’s Make it Better appeal. The appeal, which aims to raise £10m by 2016, will bring world-class facilities to the already world-class hospital to help children get better more quickly in spacious and comfortable surroundings.
On June 27, some 300 individuals, groups and businesses helped raise almost £60,000 in one day, on the second annual Make it Better day. Fundraisers held bake sales, pyjama days at school or work, carried out bucket collections and more to help boost the Make it Better appeal.
Rebecca Staden, fundraising manager at The Children’s Hospital Charity, said: “Make it Better Day was a huge success, thanks to all of the people who took part. Next year, Make it Better Day is on June 26th, and we want more people than ever to join in and help make our hospital better.”
2014 was also a big year for Team Theo, the charity’s group of active challenge participants. In May, Jessica Ennis-Hill became the face of Team Theo, while squash legend Nick Matthew joined the charity as patron in October. Last month, The Children’s Hospital Charity was named as a partner for next year’s Plusnet Yorkshire Half Marathon.
Machines funded by the charity are already changing lives in the hospital. Amongst them is a cell salvage machine, donated to the hospital back in August, collects blood lost during surgery and cleans it before giving it back to the patient – reducing the reliance on blood banks. A portable neonatal ultrasound machine is keeping the tiniest patients comfy in their cots during scans, while a high-sided bed is benefiting children with head trauma.
The charity has also funded thousands of pounds of research, helping improve the outcomes for children with a variety of conditions, from asthma and autism to brittle bones.
Artfelt, the charity’s arts programme, is in the midst of a stunning exhibition from the National Fairground Archive in its dedicated display space, The Long Gallery. It follows a show by Jonathan Wilkinson, which raised thousands for the programme.
David Vernon-Edwards, director of The Children’s Hospital Charity, said: “It’s been a great year for the charity. Our fantastic supporters have helped us raise money which is transforming the lives of our patients and will do for generations to come. But, as the 2016 deadline for the Make it Better appeal edges closer, we still need to raise more. In 2015, we need as many people as possible to join us in our bid to make The Children’s Hospital in Sheffield even better.”
The Charity still need to much more for the Make it Better appeal, which will provide patients with more private rooms and family beds, a giant play tower and a garden so youngsters can enjoy the outdoors safely.
See www.tchc.org.uk for more.
EVENTS FOR 2015
March 7 – Daffodil Ball
April 12 – Yorkshire Half Marathon
April 26 – London Marathon
June 12 – Great North Swim
June 26 – Make it Better Day
August – Dan Walker Golf Day
September 27 – Great Yorkshire Run