Sheffield's Children's Hospital named Tour de Yorkshire charity

Cyclists outside York Minster Image copyright Welcome to Yorkshire
Image caption The Children's Hospital has been named as the official charity partner of the Tour de Yorkshire

A children's hospital has said it hopes to raise more than £40,000 for a new wing after being named the charity partner of the Tour de Yorkshire.

Sheffield's Children's Hospital Charity needs to raise £10m towards the £40m project, which includes building new wards and buying specialist equipment.

It said the announcement had come at a "crucial" time in it's 'Make it Better' fundraising appeal.

The Tour de Yorkshire will take place between 1 and 3 May.

People are being encouraged to help raise funds by taking part in the charity's 'ROAR de Yorkshire' campaign.

Rebecca Staden, fundraising manager at the charity, said: "The Tour de Yorkshire is set to be a massive event for the county, and every penny raised through fundraising over the three days will help transform the lives of hundreds of thousands of poorly children."

Image copyright Sheffield Children's Hospital
Image caption The new development is to house three of the hospitals six wards

Work on the £40m wing at the Western Bank site began in September. The remaining £30m will come from government and private sources.

Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: "Families in Yorkshire are so lucky to have this wonderful hospital on our doorstep - so I am delighted to announce them as charity partners for the first ever Tour de Yorkshire."

The three-day event starts in Bridlington, East Yorkshire.

The riders will travel to Scarborough, Selby, Wakefield and York, before ending the final day at Roundhay Park in Leeds.

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