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Blades support children's hospital's new scheme

21 April 2015

United has given a £7,000 boost to The Children's Hospital Charity's 'Make it Better' appeal.

The donation comes after more than 1,400 children witnessed the Blades' league encounters with Colchester United, Peterborough United and Crewe Alexandra after the Club donated match tickets to The Children's Hospital Charity as part of its pledge to raise £25,000 for a private bedroom in the new hospital wing.

The charity then sold the tickets directly to clubs from the Sheffield and District Junior Sunday League as part of a pioneering partnership which was announced earlier this year.

The tickets were sold at a special price of £6, with £2.50 from each sale going towards the Make it Better appeal, £2.50 going directly to any Junior Club which sold tickets, and the remaining £1 going towards the League's development fund.

Dave McCarthy, operations director at United, said: "We are always proud to support local charities and we're delighted to have raised over £7,000 for The Children's Hospital Charity's Make it Better appeal so far, however, our fundraising doesn't stop here as the Club is working towards its fundraising total of £25,000.

"It's also fantastic to see that the Club's donation of tickets will also directly put money back into grassroots football in the city. It was great to see so many children from the junior leagues enjoying a game at Bramall Lane and we hope to see them here again soon."

The charity's 'Make it Better' appeal aims to transform The Children's Hospital in Sheffield by Spring 2016. The project will include a brand new wing, complete with mostly private rooms with parent beds so families can stay together at the most difficult times. The new wing will also feature a bright, spacious outpatients department, a courtyard and a giant play tower, so waiting becomes a game for our children.

Tchad Western, corporate fundraiser at The Children's Hospital Charity, said: "We're extremely grateful to Sheffield United for their pledge to donate £25,000 in total and it's great to see that their latest donation of tickets benefitted both the charity and the Sheffield and District Junior Sunday League.

"We thank the Blades for their continued generosity and commitment."

* Children from the Sheffield and District Junior Sunday League enjoy a game at Bramall Lane as part of the Blades' fundraising for The Children's Hospital Charity's Make it Better appeal.

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