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BBC Sheffield Kids' Scanner Appeal
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The BBC Sheffield Kids' Scanner Appeal exceeded its target of £500,000 for a new CT scanner at the Children's Hospital in Sheffield, thanks to overwhelming support from the South Yorkshire community.

BBC Radio Sheffield's Toby Foster announced to listeners that they had smashed the target on 31st March 2010, following a £50,000 donation from Westfield Health.

BBC Radio Sheffield broadcast live from the Children's Hospital in Sheffield on the final day of the appeal.

We spoke to the children, staff, parents, doctors, nurses and of course the fundraisers who were part of the appeal.

The final total was £590,000... £500,000 was spent on the CT scanner, £50,000 was spent on two specialised anaesthetic machines and the remaining £40,000 will go towards other specialised medical equipment.

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Click here to read about the new scanner and what the extra money will be used for.

Fundraisers

Generous donations flooded in to BBC Sheffield, from pence to pounds. We are no longer asking for your donations, but if you still have outstanding money raised from fundraising then please get your donations in as soon as possible!

There are too many people who donated to list here, but to name a few:

Local amateur dramatics group ABC have been staging pantomimes in South Yorkshire for the past 12 years. This year the group have decided to hang up their costumes and close the curtain and have donated their remaining funds to the Appeal - £3187.30.

Bernie and Mary Pridmore celebrated their Ruby Wedding anniversary and collected £200.

Staff in South Yorkshire brought their teddies into work in March to raise money for the scanner appeal. Have a look at the photos.

The Sheffield City Centre Ambassadors held a Valentines tea dance in the Winter Gardens in February, where they made £204.45 for the Kids' Scanner Appeal.

Fairleigh Social Club on the Manor in Sheffield raised the huge sum of £1155.05 by holding a charity night in February.

What is the CT scanner?

A CT scanner shows bones, blood, blood vessels and soft tissue in the body, so from a broken bone to suspected cancer or perhaps a trauma incident and more, a CT scanner can make a huge difference.

The old CT scanner at the Children's Hospital in Sheffield was over eight years old and was used more than 1600 times a year.

Grace Sellers and George Marriott with Toby Foster towards the end of the BBC Sheffield Kids' Scanner Appeal
Grace Sellers and George Marriott with Toby Foster towards the end of the BBC Sheffield Kids' Scanner Appeal

Because of the developments in technology the new scanner provides better diagnosis and treatment for patients which could make the difference between life and death for many children. Find out more about the new scanner.

The Children's Hospital in Sheffield

In 2009 the Children's Hospital in Sheffield was rated the best in the country, providing specialist care to people up to the age of 16. It not only treats patients from across South Yorkshire but from all around the United Kingdom too.

David Vernon-Edwards is director of the Children's Hospital Charity. "The Children's Hospital in Sheffield is currently the best performing Children's NHS Trust in the country and we want to continue to be at the forefront of paediatric care, using the best equipment possible," says David.

During our appeal we heard heart-warming stories from parents, their children and the hospital staff who make a real difference. There is a chance that someone you know has been touched by the Hospital in some way.

Thank you to everyone who made the BBC Sheffield Kids' Scanner Appeal a success.





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