This week saw the much awaited turning on of the Christmas illuminations on the Sheffield Children’s Hospital, transforming it into something rather special. The entire building has been decorated with brightly-lit snowflakes, each sponsored by local Sheffield businesses as part of a wider fundraising effort.
Sheffield Children’s Hospital is one of four of its type in the UK and provides world-class expertise and care for thousands of brave patients every year. The Children’s Hospital Charity gives invaluable support by funding projects which would otherwise not be possible due to limited funds and makes a significant contribution to the redevelopment of the hospital. The Children’s Hospital Charity funds four key areas; the very best medical equipment, improvements to the environment, research into the prevention and cure of childhood illnesses and new facilities to extend the range of treatment and care provided. The charity launched its most ambitious appeal, ‘Make it Better’ in 2012 and has so far raised over £10m which has helped to build an extensive new wing.
Banner Box were very pleased to be able to support the hospital’s Snowflakes Appeal on this, the best year yet and with the largest number of snowflakes to date, by sponsoring a snowflake of their own.
A total of 148 snowflakes were sponsored, raising a whopping £130,000, which will be used to buy a much-needed analysis machine for the hospital’s laboratory (it’s a liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometer, if anyone asks). Apart from local business support, schools also joined in the effort by ‘buying’ snowflakes themselves and the school which raised the most money (Listerdale Primary School) were invited to switch on the illuminations earlier this week. Further school fundraising will help pay for other specialist medical equipment which the children’s hospital needs. The snowflakes can be seen until the first week of January.