Alumnus raises £1 million for Sheffield Children’s Hospital

(L-R) Paul Firth (CHC Chairman), Jean and David Fyfe, David Vernon-Edwards (CHC Director)Sheffield alumnus David Fyfe (BSc Mathematics 1972), together with his wife Jean, have reached an incredible milestone, having raised over £1 million for Sheffield Children’s Hospital through the annual Daffodil Ball.

Last month’s event was the 26th annual ball, and saw almost 200 supporters come together to pledge their support towards the Make it Better appeal. As part of the appeal, which aims to transform Sheffield Children’s Hospital into a world-class facility to match the existing world-class care, kind donors pledged over £30,000 to help bring a brand new Burns treatment room and outpatient area to the new wing. In doing so they were able to break the £1 million barrier in funds raised for the Children's Hospital.

David, who runs Fyfe Financial Ltd, said:

“We’re absolutely delighted to have reached this incredible milestone. When we started our fundraising journey 26 years ago we never envisaged raising so much.

“Jean and I are extremely proud and hugely thankful to everybody who has contributed to this brilliant fundraising total over the years - we couldn’t have done it without them.”

David and Jean were joined at the Ball by Sheffield alumnus, honorary graduate and Children's Hospital Charity (CHC) Chairman Paul Firth, along with CHC Director David Vernon-Edwards who said:

“We are overwhelmed by the support David and Jean have given the charity over the years. Thanks to their tireless fundraising efforts we can bring new facilities to the hospital – making it better for children who come from all over the world for the hospital’s specialist care.”

The Children’s Hospital is one of only four stand-alone children’s hospitals in the UK and is a centre of excellence in many areas, including neuroscience.

Over the last 26 years, charitable support from the Daffodil Ball has funded some amazing enhancements at Sheffield Children’s Hospital, benefiting thousands of children and saving lives. All of the specialist medical equipment is over and above the standard NHS provision.

Funded thanks to the Daffodil Ball:

  • Over £15,000 was donated for endoscopic instruments, allowing surgeons to perform minimal access transnasal neurosurgery, operating without cutting through the skull and therefore not leaving a scar. This also minimises the amount of pain the patient will have after surgery as well as reducing the length of their stay in hospital.
  • Over £27,000 has been donated to the Make it Better appeal which will build a brand new hospital wing, creating the best possible environment for children to get better more quickly.
  • Over £22,000 was donated towards an intraoperative 3T MRI scanner making the theatres department at Sheffield Children’s Hospital one of the most advanced operating environments in the country. Alongside this, the charity funded a Leica Dual Imaging Colour Microscope Module thanks to over £16,000 raised at the Daffodil Ball. Together this equipment enables more precise treatment, reduced surgery time and improved recovery time.
  • The neonatal surgical unit provides high quality care to some of the hospital’s smallest patients. Previously babies needing ultrasound investigations had to be moved to the X-Ray department across the hospital. Thanks to funding by the Daffodil Ball, over £25,000 was raised towards a portable ultrasound allowing babies to be tested in the comfort of their own cots. 

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