David & Jean Fyfe break their £1 million Fundraising Target at the 26th Daffodil Ball

David & Jean Fyfe have raised over one million pounds to help make Sheffield Children’s Hospital even better, after hosting their 26th annual ball.

Daffodil Ball 2016

Over 190 supporters came together on Saturday night (March 5th) for the Daffodil Ball, hosted by David and Jean at Sheffield’s Baldwin’s Omega.

All money raised from the ball will support the charity’s Make it Better appeal, which aims to transform Sheffield Children’s Hospital into a world-class facility to match the existing world-class care. As part of the appeal, kind donors pledged over £30,000 to help bring a brand new Burns treatment room and outpatient area to the new wing.

This room will feature specialist medical equipment as well as a special bathroom where young patients can bathe their injuries. The space, built specifically for children, will provide distraction and an area of comfort at what is a distressing time.

Julie Baker, ward manager and lead nurse on the Burns Unit, said: “The new burns area will make it so much easier to give the care we need and will be a much nicer space to support our patients and their families. The treatment room and bathroom will be in adjoining rooms so children can move more easily between them for their care. The idea is it will make it as child-friendly as possible.”

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.”

The Children’s Hospital Charity director, David Vernon-Edwards, 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 evening was supported by local businesses and individuals including Michael Craven from Brewin Dolphin, Richard and Pat Howard, AGW Electronics Ltd, Irwin Mitchell and Lynda V Price.

Sheffield 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. Here are some Daffodil Ball highlights…

  • Over £15,000 was donated for endoscopic instruments. These enable surgeons to perform minimal access transnasal (through the nose) neurosurgery, allowing neurosurgeons to operate 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 to match world-class facilities with the existing world-class care, 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.

The event was also reported in local newspaper The Star.

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