Charity staff will be driving fundraising for Yorkshire’s only children’s hospital after TC Harrison Group handed over the keys to two new cars.
The brand-new Ford S-Max motors were donated to The Children’s Hospital Charity, in a donation worth £20,000 over the life of the deal. The cars, which are emblazoned with the charity’s mascot, Theo bear, will allow staff to reach supporters across the country.
David Vernon-Edwards, director of The Children’s Hospital Charity, said: “This incredible donation will allow us to reach more supporters in more places than ever more, which means more money raised for our hospital. We urgently need funds for our Make it Better appeal so we can build a brand new wing at the hospital, and with just a year to go until building work is set for completion, these cars have come at an ideal time.”
The Make it Better appeal, launched in 2012, is a campaign to raise £10m to help build a new wing at Sheffield Children’s Hospital. The new wing will feature three new wards with mostly private rooms, a spacious new outpatients department and plenty of space for children to play – including a giant play tower. Work is underway on the project but funds are still needed to go above and beyond the standard NHS provision.
Mark Hammond, joint managing director at TC Harrison Group, whose Sheffield operations have offices in Tankersley, said: “It is a great pleasure to be able to provide these vehicles to enhance the work of the charity and allow them to raise even more money for Sheffield Children’s Hospital. T C Harrison is a national, family-run business, founded in Sheffield in 1931, with Ford dealerships, vehicle Leasing and JCB operations and we have a long tradition of supporting charities. Sheffield Children’s Hospital is a fantastic cause, and many of our staff – including myself – have had reason to use it over the years, so it seemed a perfect fit.
“Sheffield Children’s Hospital is one of only 4 specialist Children’s facilities in the UK and provides a renowned, leading-edge service to sick children locally, nationally and internationally. We should all be proud of it and help to protect and develop it.”
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