The Awards

Our Mistress Cutler’s Challenge has now come to a close after raising a fantastic £167,000

More than 70 businesses and community groups from across the region came together to find how they had fared in the challenge. 

The Challenge recruited talented teams asking them to put their entrepreneurial skills to use for good causes. Each team was given £50 and 6 months to turn it into as much money as possible. This year, Julie MacDonald, wife of Master Cutler Neil MacDonald, took over the challenge and organised several of her own events.

This year we saw so many creative ways the team raised money from water wipe-outs to triathlons, marathons to splat a rat, and a monopoly challenge to zumbathons.

Everyone who took part in the challenge made a huge difference to the cause but there were a few Challenge winners;

• Best Photo – Georgina Spencer from Carillion

• Outstanding Contribution – Elzene Kruger from The Children’s Hospital radiology department

• Hospital Team Award – Hearing Services

• Young Person’s Award – Sambora Robinson, Ana Cajic & Rebecca Marples from Sapphire Allstars, Becton Centre

• Mistress Cutler Award – TATA Steel Group Environment

• The final award went to the top fundraising team - DLA PIper
The top three fundraising teams each of which received 10 tickets to the Mistress Cutler Ball  - DLA Piper, Janet & Gordon Bridge and AESSEAL

Former Children’s Hospital patient’s 13-year-old Lucy Hibbert, whose life was saved when she was treated for a rare blood condition, and 17-year-old Josh Draycott, who was treated for Cerebral Palsy, gave speeches at the event on their own experiences of the hospital and how the Make it Better appeal will help benefit patients once the project is complete.

A huge thank you to each and every team involved in the in this year’s Mistress Cutler’s Challenge.


Where the fundraising goes

The main winners from the Challenge will be our patients and their families as the fantastic total raised will go towards our Make it Better appeal, transforming our special hospital. By taking on this challenge, the teams have taken part in the biggest thing to happen to child healthcare in our region since 1876. Watch the video of how we plan to Make it Better.


Want to continue to support? 

There are many ways your business can help make our hospital even better. If you would like your business to get involved, then find out more on our corporate page.

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In 2009, The Master Cutler's Challenge raised an amazing £115,000 for our hospital. This helped to fund a state-of-the-art CT Scanner which benefits children from all over Yorkshire and beyond as well as supporting vital research into childhood illnesses, helping to change lives tomorrow.

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