Children's Champions

Children's Champions are at the heart of what we do. 

The Children’s Champions collectively fund life-saving specialist medical equipment for Sheffield Children’s Hospital, which is above and beyond the NHS provision. The Children’s Champions are a unique group of individuals, companies, charitable trusts and foundations who share a passion to help others. These incredible ambassadors make a significant difference to the lives of young children across the region and beyond; writing history and leaving a legacy for years to come. 

The dedication and support of this group enable the hospital to remain at the forefront of paediatric care. 

  • Children's Champions Mission

    Our Children’s Champions are fundamental to ensuring Sheffield Children’s Hospital offers the very best care available to young patients. They fundraise for world-class equipment to match the world-class care already available, so children can get better as quickly as possible. 

  • Paul Firth, Chairman The Children’s Hospital Charity

    “At The Children’s Hospital Charity, we cannot do what we do without the Children’s Champions. The first project funded by the Children’s Champions, a 3T MRI scanner, has already saved lives at Sheffield Children’s Hospital. This team is writing history and helping to make Sheffield Children’s Hospital one of the best centres for paediatric medicine in the world. By joining them, you can be a part of that journey.” 

  • Dr Julie MacDonald, Children's Champion Chair

    “We have all been children, we all know children, and many of us are, or will be, parents, grandparents, aunties and uncles. We are so fortunate to have one of the UK’s four specialist children’s hospitals based in Sheffield and I, like many others, know numerous children (including my own) who have benefited from the care and skill of the dedicated staff who work there. In 2013, I led the Mistress Cutler’s Challenge which raised almost £150,000 for the hospital’s Make it Better appeal; now I am delighted to be a founding member of the Children’s Champions which will raise funds for specialist equipment that will help to save precious young lives and make OUR children’s hospital even better.”

  • Dan Walker, Patron The Children’s Hospital Charity

    “It’s an honour to be a patron to the Children’s Champions. The difference this unique group of individuals, organisations and trusts makes to Sheffield Children’s Hospital is phenomenal. I officially opened the 3T MRI scanner, which was the first project funded by the Children’s Champions and it has made our neurosurgery department one of the most advanced and patient-focused neurology departments in the country, if not the world. As a Children’s Champion we hope you will be proud to know that the life-saving specialist medical equipment you fund will enhance the lives of many thousands of children for years to come. Your support will help ensure Sheffield Children’s Hospital is at the forefront of paediatric care.”

Join this exclusive group of individuals 

By joining the Children’s Champions you will be making a difference to thousands of children and their families. You will also

   * get a unique opportunity to become part of the world-class team at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

   * have the chance to meet other Children’s Champions and key paediatric specialists, researchers and support staff on hospital tours and at charity gatherings.

   * be given an exclusive invitation to an annual event for members only.

   * receive annual updates on how your help is making an impact on the lives of our patients, their families and staff.

   * be sent an invitation to the launch of any medical equipment or projects which have been funded by the Children’s Champions.

All Children’s Champions will be recognised in the hospital as our way of saying thank you. 

We hope you will join our team of champions and help us tell the story of our hospital. Get in touch to find out more 

The First Children's Champions

A doctor, an architect and a solicitor. In 1876 they formed a committee and between them decided it was “expedient to found an institution for the relief of poor sick children” opening a children’s hospital in Brightmore House, at a rent of £63 a year. They made history. They thought that

children would get the best care if they were in a hospital dedicated to treating them. One of these three founders was philanthropist Henry Vickers. Henry wanted to ensure that children had access to the best care possible so that they could have the best chance of a long and healthy life. If you become a Children’s Champion you will be helping to continue the original founding vision of Sheffield Children’s Hospital - to significantly improve child healthcare across Sheffield, the region and beyond.