Doncaster businesses take to the field for hospital charity cause

St Leger Homes team members celebrate their victory.
St Leger Homes team members celebrate their victory.

Businesses from across Doncaster strapped on their football boots to take part in a five-a-side tournament to raise money for Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

Big-hearted staff from 16 town firms played in the inaugural Denton & Nickels Cup at the Goals complex in Wheatley Hills.

The tournament raised more than £1000 for Make it Better appeal, which is helping to fund an extensive transformation of the hospital and will see the construction of a new wing, a bright, spacious outpatients department, courtyard and play tower.

Brian O’Sullivan, marketing manager at tournament sponsors Denton & Nickels, said the building services specialists chose to support the charity as they have been completing work on the hospital refurbishment.

He added: “While working on the Make it Better appeal project at Sheffield Children’s Hospital we have appreciated first-hand the world-class care provided to children from the UK and overseas.

“Impressed by the commitment shown by hospital staff, our team wanted to support the appeal by creating and implementing a series of events to help raise £25,000.

“The Denton & Nickels Cup has been a great way to ‘kick-off’ our fundraising and we would like to thank the team at Goals Doncaster for helping us host a fabulous event.”

Emma Dove, corporate fundraiser at The Children’s Hospital Charity, said: “This is a fantastic partnership that is not only set to help boost our Make it Better appeal, but that will help raise awareness of the fantastic work going on every day at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

“The fact that Denton & Nickels were inspired to support us after being involved in the redevelopment themselves is testament to the incredible staff and patients that make our hospital what it is.”

A team from St Leger Homes were named overall cup winners.