SFD Commits to SHC
On our tenth anniversary year the Sheffield Fans Derby is delighted to confirm an exciting new on-going partnership with Sheffield Hospitals Charity.

The annual event which pitches rival supporters against one another in a fundraising football frenzy has been praised for its impact on Sheffield Hospitals Charity, after naming SHC their charity of choice.

Iain Atkins, the main organiser, said
“The event started out in 2008 as a way of raising money for Sports Relief as a one off match between friends who supported the two clubs, but has since grown to become an annual event that’s raised thousands for several different charities.

“We decided early on that we would support local charities as they were not as well supported as the larger national charities and the money we raised would have a bigger impact. Almost all have special and personal meaning to one or more of the organising team. For example, we supported the neonatal unit one year because a daughter and sister of two of the players had used the service in that year after giving birth to a premature baby with problems requiring extra care."

“We have worked with Sheffield Hospitals Charity on several appeals over the ten years that the event has been running. It supports a wealth of different appeals which impact the everyday running and level of care achieved in Sheffield hospitals. This is a massive factor in us choosing to support the charity going forward."

In the last ten years, the Sheffield Fans Derby has raised a fundraising total of more than £37,000. This week, we presented Sheffield Hospitals Charity with a cheque for more than £4,875 for SFD13, the Accident and Emergency Appeal.

The event has raised more than £19,700 for five Sheffield Hospitals Charity appeals over the last six years including:
Sheffield Cystic Fibrosis Appeal,
South Yorkshire Heart Appeal
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Sheffield Helipad Appeal
Accident & Emergency Appeal

“The event continues to grow year-on-year and we couldn’t do this without all our supporters including the players, friends and family to the fantastic organisations including venues who get involved."

“Personally, I support Sheffield Wednesday FC but we keep a close eye on the results of our rivals across the city as we want them to do well so we can eventually have those great local derbies against each other. Until that time comes we’ll have to live with the only Sheffield derby being the one between the fans!”

Published 8th May 2017

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