Snowflakes raise record-breaking total for Sheffield Children’s
Over 290 snowflakes are illuminating Sheffield this year
A sparkling display of snowflakes have lit up Sheffield Children’s Hospital once again, marking the beginning of the festive season and raising a record-breaking amount towards its Cancer and Leukaemia ward appeal.
Over 290 snowflakes, more than ever before, are illuminating the city of Sheffield to support The Children’s Hospital Charity. The twinkling lights are set to raise more than £335,000- a huge increase on the previous record of £256,000 which was set in 2018.
The snowflakes, forged from Sheffield steel, are also decorating the exterior of Crystal Peaks Shopping Centre and the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) for the first time. More than 20 are also lighting up Pinstone Street thanks to a partnership with Sheffield City Council.
The Sheffield Children’s family has more than one home and this year’s record-breaking flurry of lights will also be on display at the hospital’s Ryegate Children’s Centre, which hosts the Child Development and Neurodisability Centre as well as The Becton Centre, which treats children with a range of difficulties that impact their mental health and emotional wellbeing.
Every penny raised will go towards the appeal to transform the Cancer and Leukaemia ward at Sheffield Children's
Tchad Western, Corporate Partnerships Manager at The Children’s Hospital Charity said: “It was really inspiring to see the snowflakes switched on this year. While it is fantastic to have raised another record-breaking total tonight, the real privilege for both us and everyone here is the smiles we’ve put on the young patients’ faces.
“Every penny raised will help transform the Cancer and Leukaemia ward at Sheffield Children’s Hospital for children who depend on our hospital’s excellent care.”
The snowflakes have been carefully assembled over several weeks by more than 200 volunteers from local organisations including Lloyds Banking Group, the Home Office and Wesleyan Insurance.
The biggest snowflake on Sheffield Children’s Hospital, the special tower snowflake, has been kindly sponsored by Tesco. In total, 54 Tesco stores from as far afield as Skegness and Lincoln have fundraised for snowflakes, while 32 Co-op shops are also raising money.
Corporate Partnerships Manager at The Children's Hospital Charity Tchad Western thanked sponsors from throughout the region
This year’s fundraising will aid The Children’s Hospital Charity’s £2.75m appeal to transform the Cancer and Leukaemia ward at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.
The ward treats children from babies through to 19-year-olds in South Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Derbyshire, but sees patients from across the UK for treatment and surgeries including bone marrow transplants.
The redevelopment will see the ward transformed into a brighter and refreshed space for both patients and their families staying there.
Under the plans, private patient rooms with en-suite facilities would be created, giving patients a place to make their own and space for a parent to sleep comfortably alongside them.
This year’s snowflake display would not have been possible without the generous support of the Estate Management team at Sheffield Children’s Hospital, maintenance company Stroma Specialist Access, platform company Elev8, Christmas supply company Fizzco and Steel fabricators Twiggs of Matlock.
You can also get involved with your own snowflake. Donate £30 or more and your name will appear on a digital hospital and you will receive your very own snowflake certificate from Theo Bear to treasure. Visit www.snowflake.tchc.org.uk to get yours.