I'm Iain Robertson, ex Parachute Regiment, Rock & Roll bodyguard/Tour Manager and Station Commander with Gloucestershire's Fire & Rescue service.
Having seen, firsthand, the extraordinary work the Sheffield Children's do, it is my absolute privilege to be given the chance to play a small part in future fund raising and awareness activity.
2021 will see us making someone's dream come true as they free-fall parachute with the world's preeminent display team, The Red Devils, and some ambitious plans will come into fruition around live, and streamed music.
Having worked with Oasis, George Harrison, Mick Jagger, Johnny Rotten, Spandau Ballet, Gary Moore, BB King and numerous other noisy rock stars, I am available to discuss collaborative projects, or just offer a little (hopefully) helpful advice.
No project too small, no idea too ambitious. Just tell me how I can help!
My association with The Children’s Hospital Charity began with a freefall skydive in 2005, it was quite an entrance!! This followed in 2007 by completing the New York Marathon and raising over £21,000 in sponsorship, I loved it, my knees hated me. So I decided that while raising money for this amazing hospital was wonderful I could also help in other ways by volunteering my time and professional skills aswell.
My day job involved being an auctioneer so myself and the gavel stepped up to the rostrum and I began conducting auctions for the charity. My charity career highlight to date was HERD of Sheffield Auction in the summer of 2016, we raised £410,000 on the night with those wonderful Nellies. The hospital does an incredible job and the charity mirrors that in their passion and enthusiasm so to be asked to join this extraordinary team as an ambassador I was utterly thrilled.
My commitment to this inspiring hospital started with a leap of faith 13000ft up and I’m proud to be taking my new ambassador steps alongside them for a long time to come!
Carl Asaba is a retired footballer who enjoyed three years at Sheffield United under the management of Neil Warnock. While at the Blades, Carl fell in love with the people and city of Sheffield and never left- he is now approaching his 20th year as an honorary Yorkshireman!
Throughout his time in Sheffield, Carl has been touched by the care provided by the region’s hospitals- from treating football injuries, to welcoming his three children into the world and caring for loved ones.
Carl explains: “Put simply, I feel I owe Sheffield. I’ve a great career, with my most found memories in front of some of the most supportive fans in the world here. But I’ve also benefitted hugely from our healthcare services, so I am honoured to be able to take up this role and give something back to the city that has given my family and I so much.
“I hope to utilise my contacts in football and in my current work in the Supercar world to generate funds and awareness for Sheffield Children’s. It’s a place we hope we never have to visit with our young, but when we do, through accident and illness, we go knowing our children will receive the very best of care from the very best of staff and hopefully soon in the very best of environments!”
I’ve lived in Sheffield since I was three years old and have worked within the sports sector for 25 years. For twenty years I worked in grassroots football in South Yorkshire and since then have been the Chief Executive of Skateboard England and Skateboard GB. My main focus is to prepare the governing body and the sport of skateboarding for its debut in the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
During the past twenty years I have been a trustee of several sports charities and organisations including South Yorkshire Sport, the Sheffield Council for Sport & Recreation, Football Unites Racism Divides and the Sheffield United Community Trust. I was a governor at Dore Primary School for 6 years up to July 2017 and am currently a trustee of the Mercia Learning Trust.
I’m very passionate about Sheffield Children’s and the work of its amazing charity. As a child and a parent I have first hand experience of the fantastic work that the Children’s Hospital does and I am keen to give as much support as I can to the charity as an Ambassador. Its also been a real pleasure to help raise funds for the charity through running and cycling events; more recently as part of the FatLadsFromDore.
Anne Jones has lived in Broomhill since 1985 when she moved to Sheffield from the south-east. Until her retirement in 2016, she worked at Sheffield Girls’ where she was Head of the Infant and Junior School for fourteen years.
In retirement, Anne is learning Spanish, practices yoga, enjoys travelling and is a volunteer with The Children’s Hospital Charity. She also conquered Kilimanjaro to raise money for Sheffield Children's in 2019.
Anne said: "Since I retired, I have been lucky enough to have had the opportunity to volunteer for The Children’s Hospital Charity which supports the amazing Sheffield Children's. Like many Sheffield parents, I have reason to be grateful to the first-class treatment at the hospital, which also helps children from across the country.
"There is a real feeling of friendliness and positivity from everyone you meet and the newly upgraded facilities are outstanding. The plans to redevelop the hospital further certainly provide great motivation to continue to help and I can't wait to start as an ambassador."
Uri Rennie was one of England’s top referees.
Uri took charge of over 300 Premier League games and officiated the 2001 play-off Final, as well as being on the FIFA list of international referees.
Uri retired in 2004 and is now president of Hallam FC, who play at the world’s oldest football ground, Sandygate Road, in Sheffield. He has also recently been elected as an F.A. Council Member, representing the Sheffield and Hallamshire County FA, which he chairs.
As well as being widely connected in the worlds of football and TV, Uri has a keen interest in all things local and as he puts it, levelling the playing field for others.
Uri was recently featured as one of the F.A.'s 'Ten Black Icons' during Black History Month in October 2020 and has addressed the anti-discrimination group 'Kick it Out' to improve equality and inclusion within the game.
Uri explains: "I wanted to get involved with The Children's Hospital Charity to help children and young people who need it, and unlock their creativity for the future. Being sick and unwell is not a choice anyone makes, but as a society we choose to help make them better; how we do it and the resources to apply to it."
I am passionate about Sheffield Children’s and the charity that supports it. Having worked alongside the Charity team whilst managing their social media marketing, I learnt much more about the amazing people who work tirelessly to ensure the continued develop of this incredible medical facility for children not just in the South Yorkshire region, but from all over the world. As a mum of two ‘out there’ kids who love their sport, I have turned to ‘the Children’s’ as we like to call it in Sheffield, for care of broken bones, viruses and anything that causes a worry… how lucky we are!
The people of this hospital are so dedicated but also modest and I feel enthused to shout about the excellent care and treatment provided as well as the continued development of the services at Sheffield Children's.
In 2019, I was fortunate enough to be asked to MC The Children’s Hospital Charity's first awards evening. I love to get involved with fundraising events and am continually impressed with the ingenuity and sheer determination of our fundraisers, quite often in the face of adversity. I very much look forward to hosting the next awards when it is able to take place.
I’m James and I’m Sheffield born and bred… and therefore Sheffield Children’s was somewhere that I frequented often growing up, whether it be for bumps and bruises, broken fingers and sprained ankles playing sport or when I spent five days in the Hospital one Christmas to have my appendix removed.
I’ve also seen first-hand the amazing work and impact that the Charity does for children who have needed it for something far more life-changing.
Having been involved in various events such as Theo's Glow Run, golf days and hosting some of our Theo’s Big Night in Quiz evenings during lockdown, I absolutely love the fun that’s had by patients, their families, staff and supporters!
Wherever I am in the world covering sport in my job for the BBC as a broadcaster, people are always amazed and intrigued when I tell them about how lucky we are to have a dedicated children's hospital right here in Sheffield.
Feel free to reach out at any time for anything – it’d be great to hear from you!
Will is a Marketing & PR specialist with experience working with household names across the world. Most recently Integrated Marketing Director at Global Image powerhouse Getty Images. Will has developed a reputation for developing strategic campaigns to enhance brands and build awareness and understanding of often maligned communities and causes.
While now being a London resident, Will grew up in Sheffield and still maintains strong links to the city through friends and family.
Will also made good use of Sheffield Children’s in his youth, and has seen the amazing care delivered to his nieces and nephews over the years. Most recently successfully treating his nephew for non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
Having experienced the amazing work the hospital does first hand, Will is committed to helping us raise our profile and fundraising efforts to further enhance our facilities and capabilities.
I first became involved with The Children's Hospital Charity during the Herd of Sheffield sculpture trail in 2016.
I repaired and painted cars and got a call one day asking the question: “Could I repair Elephants!?” Strange request, but when I was told why and the cause, I was more than happy to help.
We repaired the elephants in situ on the trail, all over Sheffield City Centre, usually at about 5am when the sun was coming up, so they would be spotless for visitors during the day.
We also spent a week in the unit at Meadowhall when they were off the trail, and awaiting the auction repairing them back to their former glory so they would fetch the biggest donation. The enthusiasm and dedication of the Charity Team was infectious, it sucked me right in.
Going forward, I’ll help The Children's Hospital Charity in any way I possibly can, I have two kids who have both had treatment at the Sheffield Children’s so I know how lucky we are to have such a brilliant facility it on our doorstep!
Matt Ferguson is a Graphic Designer and Artist from Sheffield in the UK.
Matt is best known for working with Marvel Studios & Disney designing the artwork for Marvel’s Avengers Blu-Ray collection and official Star Wars promotional posters. He also regularly exhibits at galleries in the US including Bottleneck Gallery and is well known in the industry for his beautifully stylised creations for established Film and TV properties.
Matt and his family have been recipients of amazing care at Sheffield Children’s and he would like to be able to give something back and help the hospital in any way he can.
Helen was born and grew up in Sheffield. She signed for Warners at 21 and has since written many chart hits including for 911, Alex Park, Ward Thomas, DJ Schiller, Joe McElderry and The Orb.
Helen has also toured with acts including Ronan Keating, John Mayer, Bryan Ferry and Cara Dillon. She toured her first solo album 'New Red Dress' in 2008, which was Radio 2's 'Album of the Week' and performed on the BBC's The One Show.
In 2013, she released her second album, 'Calling All Angels' which again gained Radio 2's support.
Having been in and out of the Sheffield Children's Hospital as a child and having needed it with her own children, The Children's Hospital Charity is very close to Helen’s heart. She remains very grateful and wanted to help in any way possible when asked.
Tom White is a television presenter and event host, best known for his work on Sky Sports News. Having started as a runner making teas and coffees for presenters in 2004, he made his way up the ladder and became a presenter himself in 2011. He has since fronted flagship shows like “Goals Express” and “The Weekend Warmup,” and is now the face of Sky Sports News’ transfer coverage. “
Tom said: "When I found out about the incredible work that the Sheffield Children’s Hospital and charity does, I contacted them to find out how I could help. I’m very proud to be able to help and join the charity as an ambassador!”
Dr Nancy Fielder
Nancy Fielder is editor of The Star, and a born and bred Sheffielder. She is passionate about using the strength of the local press to fight for the areas they represent and champions the Steel City at every opportunity.
Nancy worked at newspapers around the country before becoming the first woman to edit a newspaper in her hometown. Nancy, as a mother of three is a huge supporter of the Children's Hospital - and grateful, as are all Sheffield parents, to have such an incredible institution on her doorstep.
She recently completed a PhD focusing on the impact on mobiles on the distribution and consumption of local news and takes part in newspaper reviews on both Sky News and the BBC as well as other national television channels.
Dom is the Head of Live Events and Venues for Sheffield City Trust. Dom arrived in Sheffield in 2005 when he took the position as General Manager of the Sheffield City Hall and reopened the venue after an 18month refurbishment programme.
Since then during his time with the Trust he has been GM of Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, Head of SIV Events and has been in his current position where his responsibilities include the leadership of the Sheffield Arena and the Sheffield City Hall.
Over the past 25 years Dom has worked in some of the most prestigious live events venues in the country and has dealt at the highest level with the largest & most successful major events organisers in the UK & Europe.
These include theatre producers, sports rights holders, concert promoters and corporate event agents & associations. Since arriving in Sheffield Dom has worked closely with The Children’s Hospital Charity on countless projects.
He is a firm believer in ensuring he uses his senior position to deliver and influence whatever improvements he can for Sheffield Children’s Hospital no matter how big or small and we are privileged to have such a facility in this city.
Dave McCarthy is the Head of Operations at Sheffield United FC.
For the last 10 years, Dave has incorporated into his busy role at the club, the responsibility of overseeing the Blades’ charity work, which includes working closely throughout the year with the Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity.
Passionate in his steadfast support of the charity, Dave has worked on various initiatives and fundraisers, creating income, and also raising awareness of the hospital and the charity both to supporters, colleagues and to the Sheffield United Board of Directors.
An FA Council member, Dave combined a banking career in the city with playing for and managing non-league football clubs, which included spending a very successful decade as manager of the world’s oldest club, Sheffield FC.
This was proceeded by playing professional football overseas in 3 different countries and during his time employed by the Blades, Dave has been seconded to top clubs in Hungary and China, acting as CEO/Managing Director, before settling at Bramall Lane into senior operational roles.
‘’I was always aware of the hospital and its special place in the history of Sheffield, but now having worked on various project and initiatives with the charity for almost a decade and seen at close quarters the work that takes place inside the hospital and of those that work within it, I feel privileged to have been asked to be an Ambassador.
"Each Christmas, I look forward to organising for members of United’s men’s and women’s first team squad to visit the children and hospital staff so as they can see for themselves what a special place Sheffield Children’s Hospital is. Going forward, I look forward to using my contacts inside and outside of football to help and support the charity so as they can build on the fantastic work they already do’’
Singer Jon ‘the Reverend’ McClure, can boast as being one of the true natural frontmen of the modern era, a songwriter of intensity, vision and seemingly boundless energy, never afraid to wear his heart on his sleeve.
With six Top 20 albums under their belts, Sheffield rock’n’roll radicals Reverend and the Makers have carved out a niche for themselves as one of the most enduring acts on the British musical landscape.
With a passion for truth, a hatred of injustice and a belief that music should have something to say, amassing a diehard ’Rev army’ that sells out shows the length and breadth of the country.
Jon said: "Simply put Sheffield Children's Hospital saved my son's life when he had meningitis. All across the city I have friends and relatives with similar stories. It is with that in mind that I feel we should be doing everything in our power to help this amazing institution. I think it’s the thing we ought to be most proud of in Sheffield."
I first became involved with The Children’s Hospital Charity from connecting with and building strong relationships with the fundraising and corporate teams. Over the years I have been lucky enough to be involved in many ideas and projects that allow products to be produced then sold to raise money or achieve awareness goals.
My business allows me to source quirky branded merchandise for the Charity to use and it is great fun to work with the team. I have always tried to think of other ways to help the Charity and there is always a willingness to listen to ideas from the people who work tirelessly for this amazing cause.
I am proud that I have been able to support those fundraising events and campaigns. That could be an annual snowflake, entering teams and sponsorship of golf days as well as our 40th anniversary fitness challenge for lockdown mental health. Office picnics and cake bakes too. I am delighted to have been asked to be an Ambassador and will work hard to support TCHC whenever I can.