Chelsea Women vice-captain Millie Bright has become a patron for The Children’s Hospital Charity, an organisation that supports her hometown children’s hospital in Sheffield.

The 26-year-old was born in the Sheffield suburb of Killamarsh and began her youth career with Sheffield United before joining Chelsea from Doncaster in December 2014.

For Bright, the new charity role enables her to say thank you for the care she previously received at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

‘I’m so honoured and excited to be working with an amazing organisation like The Children’s Hospital Charity.

‘It’s a cause that is very close to me, having spent a lot of time as a child at Sheffield Children’s. Hospitals can seem very scary as a child, but I was always made to feel comfortable by every member of staff I saw.

‘I came out feeling stronger every time, believing that I could do anything, but most of all with a smile on my face.

‘I can’t wait to become more involved with and support The Children’s Hospital Charity to help even more young people achieve their dreams,’ Bright said.

One of only three dedicated children’s hospital trust’s in the UK, Sheffield Children’s Hospital sees more than 276,000 patients every year from across the country and around the world.

Home to a range of world-leading clinicians in care and research, alongside some of the best medical and surgical services available to children, demand for its services continues to grow every year.

Bright will support The Children’s Hospital Charity’s upcoming fundraising efforts to transform the facilities at Sheffield Children’s Hospital through their Building a Better Future appeal. It aims to raise £14.25m to build a new Emergency Department, on-site Helipad and transform the Cancer and Leukaemia ward.

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