A 12-day challenge involving more than 50 local students has helped raise over £3,700 for Sheffield Children's Hospital.
Members of the University of Sheffield rowing club organised fundraising and volunteering events every day from the 1st-12th December last year, to benefit The Children’s Hospital Charity and the wider Sheffield community.
The challenges included a 12km run, men’s chest waxing, cycling to Everest on an exercise bike, a half-marathon night walk and a pub quiz. Among the activities were several 12-hour team row-a-thons, which the group held in local Christmas markets.
Volunteering and Inclusions Officer Emily Stewart, 21, explained: ““We loved the row-a-thons especially because we got to engage with the public. It was a great opportunity to spread the message about why our fundraising is so important to us.
“To be able to support an incredible local charity is wonderful. Everyone at the club recognises the importance of giving back to the local community.”
For Emily herself, a third-year medical student at the University of Sheffield, the cause has personal significance:
“I have been privileged to work at Sheffield Children’s Hospital as part of my degree. I got to see up close the fantastic care they provide and the incredible patients they have, so it took on a whole new level of meaning for me to be able to support The Children’s Hospital Charity.
“It was wonderful to see the impact our fundraising had at the Christmas light switch on where we were lucky enough to have raised enough for a snowflake on the hospital. After hearing about the appeal for a new Helipad, it was really moving to know we are contributing to something that will help save lives.”
The volunteering activities ranged from visiting schools to run sports sessions, organising Christmas parties at care homes, donating blood and supporting the Burngreave food bank. The rowing club also helped at Holly Hagg alpaca farm and Mill House animal sanctuary, as they aimed to aid as many parts of the local community as possible.
Lucy Rathbone, Regional Fundraiser for South Yorkshire at The Children’s Hospital Charity added: “We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to every member at Sheffield University Rowing Club, both past and present, for their fantastic support for Sheffield Children’s Hospital.
“The 12 days of Christmas challenge was a huge commitment, both in terms of fundraising and volunteering. The amazing total raised is testament to their hard work and it will help the young patients at our hospital for generations to come.”
Could you help Sheffield Children’s Hospital at this unprecedented time? For some top tips on how you can take part in virtual fundraising from home, visit: www.tchc.org.uk/how-you-can-help/virtual-fundraising.html