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Revamp of Sheffield's Children's hospital announced

Sheffield Children's hospital Photo: Calendar

It is being billed as the biggest transformation of children's health care for the region in over a century.

Today was the launch of a charity campaign to raise half of the 40 million pounds needed to make the changes.

Launch of charity in Sheffield Credit: Calendar

These improvements will benefit hundreds of children and parents. Gemma Wright has a son, Rio, who suffers with breathing problems as well as issues with his sight and skin.

"It would be brilliant for everyone to have their own room, their own privacy. Its not bad when you're in the odd day but when you're in for a year - to be in a ward without facilities that you need is hard. It needs updating yes."

– Gemma Wright - mum to Rio

The charity Make It Better hopes the local community will help raise a large chunk of the cash. The money will see improvements to wards with 48 single rooms to offer families more space and privacy. Key departments will be brought closer together to reduce journey times.

Improvements announced Credit: Calendar

They will also be a new outpatients department. Better parking facilities. And a range of play areas - so brothers and sisters visiting, have somewhere to stretch their legs.

The government is putting up the rest of the cash needed to make the project happen. Building work is expected to start next Spring.