The Children’s Hospital Charity get elf-y for Christmas campaign

This year The Children’s Hospital Charity are asking their supporters to get out their stripey socks and pop on some pointy ears in aid of National Elf Service, a mass day of fundraising which will take place on December 16th.

The charity are fundraising for a giant Play Tower for the new outpatients department of Sheffield Children’s Hospital. This will be a child-friendly space where patients can go for distraction and fun, away from their hospital wards.

Designed by Avanti Architects, the one-of-a-kind tower covers multiple floors and is covered in brightly coloured windows and furnishing – making visiting hospital an adventure for patients.

“The Play Tower is going to be the first thing that patients notice when they come in to outpatients – which is exactly what we want,” said Shabnam Ahmen, who works as a Play Specialist for the Sheffield Children’s Hospital neurosciences ward.

“When children come in to hospital for a planned appointment or for a procedure they can often be quite anxious. Hopefully the Play Tower will give them something exciting and adventurous to spot and be a place where they can play and have fun and even be able to remember their visit to hospital in a positive way.”

The Children’s Hospital Charity are encouraging their supporters to dress up as elves on December 16th whilst taking part in as many festive fundraising activities as possible.

Every donation given to the Christmas fund, up to a total value of £100,000, will be matched by Graham Royle of GRI Group, meaning that each contribution will be instantly doubled.

Graham Royle, CEO of GRI Group said, “The Children’s Hospital Charity is renowned for funding highly specialised technology for improving patients’ treatment but less well known for its hugely important investments in patients’ wellbeing. It is believed that relieving stress aids recovery, so this new play tower has massive medical benefits, as well as providing the children with lots of fun.”

Director of The Children’s Hospital Charity, David Vernon-Edwards said, “Through the tireless efforts of our incredible fundraisers and supporters we have managed to raise £200,000 for the Play Tower so far. The total cost has been £400,000 and we’re really hopeful that National Elf Service will be a fun and festive way for us to raise the remaining amount of money.”

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