The Children's Hospital Charity Smashes Target at Winter Ball, Pond's Forge, Sheffield

PUBLISHED: 14:42 05 December 2011 | UPDATED: 20:24 20 February 2013

Nick Clegg, Paulette Edwards, Stavros Flatley

Nick Clegg, Paulette Edwards, Stavros Flatley

The Children's Hospital Charity raised an incredible £135,000 at their Winter Ball this weekend, smashing their £70,000 target for the night to provide even more support for The Children's Hospital, Sheffield.

The Childrens Hospital Charity raised an incredible 135,000 at their Winter Ball this weekend, smashing their 70,000 targetfor the night to provide even more support for The Childrens Hospital, Sheffield.

Lee Westwoods donation of a place in the 2012 Dunhill Links Golf Championship was the highlight of theGrand Auction, going for a staggering 53,000 to an anonymous telephone bidder after an exciting exchange involving bids from not just around the room but around the world.

Other prizes from the charity's patrons includeda pair of Jessica Ennis signed running spikes anda pillion ride with world superbike champion James Toseland, who brought girlfriend Katie Melua along to the black tie bash.

Patron Miriam GonzlezDurntez was joined by her husband DeputyPrime Minister Nick Clegg, who made an impromptu speech praising NHS staff and encouraging guests to 'dig deep'.

Keanes Tom Chaplin gave an intimate acoustic performance and Britains Got Talent stars Stavros Flatley were joined on stage by charity mascot Theo Bear.

The money raised at The Winter Ball at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre on Saturday will enable The Childrens Hospital Charity to renew the hydrotherapy pool at the Ryegate Centre's Therapy Blockand fund two 3D Pain Distraction Unitsfor Sheffield Childrens NHS Foundation Trust.

The extra 65,000 fromtheeventwill be added to the money that former England cricket captain and patron Michael Vaughan and his team raised earlier this year.Michael's Great Wall ofChina Trek in September raised185,000 towards a piece of groundbreaking surgical equipment for the hospital's theatres,which, thanks to the Ball, is now fully funded.

David Vernon-Edwards, charity director, said: We have some incredibly generous supporters and we are so grateful to them all for their amazing contributions, especially when times are hard. This was our most successful Winter Ball yet and will enable us to change even more lives at The Childrens Hospital.

"We can't thank everyone enough on behalf of the patients, families and staff at our amazing hospital.

The hydrotherapy pool at the Ryegate Children's Centreis used in the treatment ofchildren with disabilities from all over the region and the two new 3D Pain Distraction Unitswill help young patients at The Children's Hospital through what can sometimes be painful and upsetting clinical procedures.

The surgical navigation system can be used in brain, spinal, and ENT operations. It will allow our surgeons to see a unique, 3D, real-time map of the area they are operating on and will lead to shorter operations and faster recovery times.

To find out how you can support The Childrens Hospital Charity or to find out more about the charity'sworkplease visit: www.tchc.org.uk


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