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Calling all Local Bands and Artists

Submit your song for a chance to feature on our new event video for this years Rainbow Dash.

We’re looking for a catchy, upbeat song to feature on our new event video. If you think your song has what it takes to make our video better than ever, email us a link to hear your track and you could be in with a chance of winning!

The winner will also have their track aired at the event over the music system for all the attendees to warm-up to!

All entries should be original songs (not covers) and the person entering should have permission to use track.

To enter, send a link to your song online (eg soundcloud, bandcamp) with your name and contact details to

The deadline is 12th May.

The winner will be contacted direct.

Local legend helps appeal reach half way mark

Celebrity and local legend, Dickie Bird OBE, has shown his support to Barnsley Hospital Charity’s Tiny Hearts Appeal by donating to the cause for a second time.

Following on from his generous donation last year, Dickie has made another huge £35,000 donation to the cause taking the appeal past the £500,000 half way point.

The legendary former cricket umpire, Harold Dennis “Dickie” Bird OBE, was born in Barnsley and is a much loved celebrity in the local area and beyond. Dickie has chosen to back the Tiny Hearts Appeal for a second year running and his donation will be a giant step forward for the appeal meeting the target of £1 million.

The Tiny Hearts Appeal was launched to support the development of a brand new, state of the art neonatal unit for babies who need special care. The unit will be situated alongside the Barnsley Birthing Centre which means that the babies will not have to be exposed to different environments and different temperature changes, nor will they have to be taken into an elevator.

Barnsley Hospital Charity’s Chairman, Steve Wragg, said: “We are absolutely delighted that Dickie Bird OBE has chosen to support our Tiny Hearts Appeal again.

“We are extremely grateful for Dickie’s second, very generous donation of £35,000. This money has taken the Tiny Heart’s Appeal running total past the half way mark of £500,000 which is absolutely fantastic!”

Dickie said of his donation: “I am delighted and honoured to be involved with Barnsley Hospital Charity’s Tiny Hearts Appeal.  Barnsley is my home town and the appeal is raising money for a tremendous cause for the people here. I have been and visited the ward and seen for myself the great work of the staff caring for the premature babies and I felt very humbled – it brought a lump in my throat and a tear to my eye.

“I sincerely hope that everyone will put their hands in their pockets to support this worthy cause and I’m sure it  will give people the same sense of pride as I feel to be involved in this.   If everyone in Barnsley donated just £1, it would be a massive boost to the appeal, taking the total towards the £1million target.”

Dickie presented his donation to Barnsley Hospital Charity and staff from the neonatal unit at a special cheque presentation ceremony which took place at Barnsley Hospital on Thursday 26 March.

Hospital staff to perform Riff Raff Hotel for Tiny Hearts

Barnsley Hospital Amateur Dramatic Group present their debut production on Monday 5 December. Be sure not to miss your opportunity to see this hilarious comedy.

The group of talented hospital staff are supporting Barnsley Hospital Charity Tiny Hearts Appeal with their original comedy. They have written the play and will perform it for one night only at The Civic Theatre in Barnsley this December.

It is also really personal for Helen Dixon, one of our Amdramers who had her little boy Thomas at Barnsley Hospital. Thomas was 10 weeks premature and Helen knows first hand of how important the baby unit is. She is excited to help raise money for Tiny Hearts.

Expect fun, laughter and adult humor as this story of a fish out of water sees her dream of high-class society turn into a hilarious nightmare filled with the worst riff-raff she can imagine.

Buy tickets from the hospital cashier’s office, or buy online directly from Barnsley Civic.

Tiny Hearts Incubator raises eleven thousand for local charity appeal


Tiny Hearts Incubator in main reception at Barnsley Hospital

Barnsley Hospital Charity would like to say a big thank you to its staff, patients and the general public who have made donations to the Tiny Hearts Appeal Incubator – no matter how big or small – helping it raise a staggering £11,522.63.

The initiative was officially launched at World Prematurity Day on 17 November, and has proven to be a huge success, contributing significantly to the charity’s capital appeal, bringing the current total to almost £120,000 for the appeal.

The Tiny Hearts Appeal is a campaign run by the charity  which aims to raise £1 million to support the development of a brand new, state of the art neonatal unit for babies who need special care. The unit will be situated alongside the Barnsley Birthing Centre which means that the babies will not have to be exposed to different environments and different temperature changes, nor will they have to be taken into an elevator.

The charity received the incubator after it was kindly donated free of charge by Drager Medical UK Limited, it is being used as a visual tool for the Tiny Hearts Appeal to increase public awareness. Special signage has been created and placed as a backdrop to create a large visual display on entrance to the hospital.

The incubator is acting as a giant money box to raise funds for the appeal and has been sealed and secured by the Trust’s engineering department to ensure it is safe.

Diane Wake, Chief Executive of Barnsley Hospital says:

“Since its launch, it has received many positive comments from staff, patients and the public and has proved to be a real hit and vocal point of conversation.

“Children stop to put their pocket money inside, and parents explain to their children that they were once cared for in an incubator. Everyone has a story to tell, and they often share these with us.

“We all know someone who has had a baby or is due to have a baby and this is a chance to raise funds for Barnsley Hospital and support the build of a brand new home for Barnsley’s special care babies.”

Premature babies are underdeveloped and have to be given extra help for their tiny bodies to cope with the outside world, and can spend up to 13-14 weeks on the unit. The care on the unit is focused around allowing the babies to fully develop and the current unit needs to be updated and expanded in order to allow parents to have proper bonding time with their babies.

If you’d like to support the Tiny Hearts Appeal, you can make a donation online at or alternatively, contact the charity on 01226 431650.

Join our charity lottery – you could win £25,000

Barnsley Hospital Charity (BHC) operates to raise funds to support patient care here at Barnsley Hospital. In an exciting partnership we launched the BHC-Unity Lottery in June, with one of the UK’s leading charitable lottery providers. There is a high value prize fund each week with £25,000 prize for six matches, £1,000 for five and many small prizes.

Lottery participation costs just £1 per week and you (and your families) can buy as many tickets as you wish, each bearing a unique six digit number.

You can join through monthly direct debit at a cost of £4.34 per month and which you can cancel at any time.

You can also purchase your number(s) in advance with a debit card or by sending a cheque – again you can purchase in months, with three months costing £13, six being £26 and a year costing £52.

As the commitment is between players and the Unity Lottery, we regret that Barnsley Hospital Charity cannot sell tickets or take cash at the hospital and the Unity Lottery cannot facilitate payroll giving at this time.

To join the BHC-Unity Lottery just click on this link: – it takes less than five minutes to sign up and you will immediately start to raise funds for our charity.

Santa’s Grotto at Alhambra for Tiny Hearts

The Alhambra Shopping Centre, Barnsley is hosting Santa’s Grotto again this year in aid of our Tiny Hearts Appeal. Entry is Just £3 and the children can take part in a magical 4D sleigh ride experience, and visit Santa.

Opening dates and times for the grotto are provided below.

Opening Saturday 5th December 11am – 3pm
Sunday 6th December 11am – 3pm

Wednesday 9th December 11am – 3pm
Friday 11th December 4pm – 7pm
Saturday 12th December 11am – 3pm
Sunday 13th December 11am – 3pm

Wednesday 16th December 11am – 3pm
Friday 18th December 4pm – 7pm
Saturday 19th December 11am – 3pm
Sunday 20th December 11am – 3pm

Monday 21st December 11am – 3pm
Tuesday 22nd December 11am – 3pm
Wednesday 23rd December 11am – 3pm
Christmas Eve 11am – 3pm

Carol singing for Tiny Hearts Appeal

On Thursday 3 December and Friday 4 December we will have some lovely Carol singers outside main reception at the front of the hospital raising money for our Tiny Hearts Appeal.

Children and young people ages 5 to 15 years from the Jill Brookes School of Dance Musical Theatre Group will be singing a variety of Christmas Carols between 16:00 and 18:00, and will be joined by staff members Kerry Archer and Rebecca Nicholson.

Kerry Archer, organiser of the event says:

We really wanted to do something festive and we decided to raise funds for Tiny Hearts Appeal when the incubator collection started at front of hospital. It’s not only supporting a great cause but it’s also bringing Christmas cheer to people outside the hospital.

If you’d like to show your support and cheer on the singers, or have singalong with them, feel free to pop over and see them. They’ll have a collection tin available to pop your donation in.

Charity Christmas Raffle

This year Barnsley Hospital Charity has joined forces with some of our fabulous volunteers to offer an amazing Christmas Raffle.

Prizes include:

£50 Sainsbury’s Gift Voucher Card

Fruit hamper

Veg hamper

Selection box hamper

Biscuit hamper

Women’s hair style set

Portable DVD player

Men’s Dove set

Christmas Santa teddy bear

Raffle tickets can be purchased from the downstairs volunteer’s coffee shop below Outpatients for £1 per strip, and also from the charity office.

The prize draw will take place on Thursday 17 December in time for you to collect your prizes before Christmas.

Tiny Hearts incubator boosts appeal

Barnsley Hospital has taken on a unique approach to raising money for the Tiny Hearts Appeal. The hospital has installed an incubator to act as an extra large collection tin in the main reception.

The incubator was recently donated by Dragor Medical UK Limited and has been altered and secured by Paul Nicholes, Specialist Medical Engineering Technician at Barnsley Hospital. The incubator is now being used as a visual for the Tiny Hearts Appeal. It aims to raise the profile and encourage patients, visitors and staff to donate to the very special appeal.

The incubator was installed this week and has already received lots of donations from the very generous Barnsley community. Branded signage and a totaliser frames the incubator which is lit up by LED lights to draw attention and raise awareness of the appeal. If you are visiting the hospital, please keep a lookout for the incubator in the main reception.

The Tiny Hearts Appeal is a capital appeal which aims to raise £1 million to support the development of a new special care baby unit, which will be located alongside the Barnsley Birthing Centre at Barnsley Hospital. The brand new building will feature state-of-the-art equipment to enable the Neonatal team to continue their fantastic care and enhance their environment.

Diane Wake, Chief Executive at Barnsley Hospital, said: “We are exceptionally grateful to have received the incubator, this is a big achievement for the appeal. The incubator was installed only a few days ago and we have already received many donations from patients, visitors and staff members.

I think that having the visual aid located on site will really help to raise awareness of this fantastic appeal and I would like to take this opportunity to encourage the generous people of Barnsley continue supporting the appeal and help build a brand new home for Barnsley’s special care babies.”

To find out more about the Tiny Hearts Appeal please visit: or make a donation by texting TINY01 followed by the amount of £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 to 70070.

Alternatively, if you’d like to fundraise, please register your event with the charity office by emailing or call 01226 431650.


Tiny Hearts Appeal launches signed Ronaldo shirt auction

Barnsley Hospital Charity’s Tiny Hearts Appeal is to benefit from a framed Ronaldo shirt, signed by the Real Madrid player which has been kindly donated by local businessman Derek Carpenter. The charity will be auctioning the item through Ebay in November.

Although the current Neonatal Unit at Barnsley Hospital which provides special care to babies is fit for purpose, safe and provides quality care, the Tiny Hearts Appeal is a campaign which aims to raise £1 million to support the relocation and development of a brand new, state of the art Neonatal Unit, which will be situated alongside the Barnsley Birthing Centre. The new unit will enable the care team to adapt to each individual baby and their complex needs much more fluidly than before.

The item was kindly donated by well-known Barnsley businessman Derek Carpenter and is bound to attract a huge amount of Interest from football fans around the world. Former Barnsley FC goalkeeper Luke Steele has already made an enquiry on Twitter!

Derek says of how he came about the shirt:

“It’s no credit to me really. A colleague won it at a business event. One of his children had received neonatal care at an anxious time in his family’s life and I introduced him to the Tiny Hearts Appeal. He agreed it was a worthy cause and agreed to release the shirt for auction. “

The fantastic donation is now in the hands of the charity, and everyone now hopes the keen interest that already exists will result in a good outcome for the Tiny Hearts Appeal.”

The final, winning bid announcement will coincide with an annual celebration for World Prematurity Day.

Steve Wragg, Chairman of Barnsley Hospital Charity said:

“This is absolutely fantastic news and we’re really grateful to Derek for thinking about the Tiny Hearts Appeal. We look forward to seeing how well the auction goes and hope that it generates lots of interest.”

For further information about the Tiny Hearts Appeal visit the charity’s website or call 01226 431650