Sheffield Hospitals Charity has announced £10,218.22 was raised during a weekend at Sheffield United FC marking the forthcoming 75th Anniversary of the NHS.

Sheffield United FC showed its support for official charity partners Sheffield Hospitals Charity with men's first-team player shirts embellished with the charity logo at the Swansea fixture on 11th February. The Blades delivered an impressive 3-0 win and the players signed their winning match-worn shirts for the charity to auction. 

Blades fans were in good spirits. A team of 20 volunteers saw them generously donating to the cause through collection buckets, buying commemorative pin badges and scanning supersized QR codes. Fans also donated to have the name of a loved one appear in the official match day programme. 

Lioness and former Sheffield United academy player Beth England donated a signed shirt from the Women's Euros 2022 final. Her mum works at Sheffield's Northern General Hospital and they approached the charity to help them look at ways to fundraise in memory of a colleague Keith Thickett who sadly lost his battle against Prostate Cancer two years ago. Keith was a much-loved member of staff across Sheffield Hospitals and helped to support and change many lives with his work in the field of respiratory medicine. The signed shirt was used to kick-start fundraising at Bramall Lane for a Prostate Cancer Research Project aimed to slow down or stop the spread of cancer to the bones. 

Sheffield United Women's players got involved in supporting the initiative at their winning 1-0 fixture against Charlton Atheletic on 12th February, warming up in Charity shirts. 

Dave McCarthy, Head of Operations at Sheffield United FC said

“We know first hand the great work our NHS in Sheffield does. We all pulled together to support Sheffield Hospitals Charity with their efforts in raising much needed fundas and awareness.

Sam Earnshaw, Head of Corporate Partnerships and Major Giving at Sheffield Hospitals Charity said

“We are so grateful for the generosity and support shown by Sheffield United FC players staff and of course the fans. The United in Love for our NHS weekend was a real team effort, and we are delighted by the amount raised and the love shown.

The Charity is marking the 75th Anniversary of the National Health Service founded in 1948 with a range of activities across the City this year.