Sheffield-based rotary club raises thousands for cancer and leukaemia ward at Children’s Hospital

In December 2020, The Rotary Club of Wortley had to cancel their annual Santa Sleigh Ride for the first time in 50 years, which travels through the Wortley, High Green, Chapeltown, Grenoside, Ecclesfield and Thorpe Hesley areas on Christmas Eve.

The sleigh ride is primarily for children and their families to meet Santa Claus, but during the event, charitable donations are made by the general public.

However, after Covid-19 halted public donations, Wortley’s Rotary Club decided to hold a “Virtual Christmas Raffle” to raise money, organized by Rotarian Trevor Fletcher with the support of club members, friends, relatives and members of public.

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Wortley Rotary club has raised £4,500 for The Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity.

The raffle raised £3100.00 along with another donation from the Wortley Rotary Club Charity Fund bringing the total to £4500, all of which has been donated to the Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity for the new Cancer and Leukemia Ward project.

Steven Patterson, president of the Rotary Club of Wortley, said: “We are confident that the disappointment of the children and their families at Christmas will find some satisfaction in the knowledge that this contribution will help children who are less fortunate with their health. than themselves.”

The new ward has significance far beyond Sheffield and will be the main treatment center for children with cancer and leukemia from babies to 19-year-olds in South Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and North Derbyshire – it will also see patients travel from as far as Northampton for treatment.

The ward will have many features such as a larger and better playroom, space for computer workstations, specialized visual aids, space for patients with or without walking aids and improved space for parents to stay with their children.

It is further funded by donations from families, individuals and organisations, and the Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity has until November 2021 to fully fund the project.

Rotary Club of Wortley is made up of about 25 people who meet every Monday and spend a few hours a week helping those less fortunate.

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