moneyA Sheffield firefighter has donated £1,000 to The Children’s Hospital Charity for the Burns Unit and The Fire Fighters Charity after winning the money in a competition.

Crew Manager Paul Wood from white watch on Central station in Sheffield, won the money last year while attending the national fire service Breathing Apparatus (BA) Challenge, where he won a ‘guess the name of the bear’ competition. He presented the cheques for £500 each to the 2 charities last week [16 June].

After donating the amounts, CM Woods said: “I couldn’t believe my luck when I was told I had won, it was such a surprise. I knew straight away though that I wanted to donate the money to charity.

“The Fire Fighters Charity was the obvious choice, having been a firefighter for the past 19 years. I also chose The Children’s Hospital Charity as I wanted to help a local charity and having two children of my own I felt it was a very worthy cause.”

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The Children’s Hospital Charity described it as “an incredible donation.

Director David Vernon-Edwards added: “This donation comes at a critical time in our hospital transformation as we strive to fundraise for a brand new wing at The Children’s Hospital in Sheffield.

“As part of our Make it Better appeal, we urgently need funds to bring world-class facilities to the already world-class hospital, so Paul’s amazing support means we are a step closer to that.”