Stroma Specialist Access lend expertise for Christmas snowflake event

Stroma Specialist Access donated their time and staff for a third successive year to help Sheffield Children’s Hospital attach their festive lights to the building exterior. On Saturday 9 November the children, staff and locals had the opportunity to see the Christmas lights erected by some very special volunteers.

Santa and his elves were joined by some well-known superheroes on the Stroma team for one day only. Specialist rope access staff put their abseiling skills to use by carefully lowering the lights over the edge of the building to be safely fixed in place. The work took place between 10am and 1pm at the hospital.

Stroma Specialist Access lend expertise for Christmas snowflake event

Thousands of pounds raised

The snowflakes, which are sponsored by local charities, raise thousands of pounds every year for the Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity. The money raised from sponsorship of the lights goes towards buying life-saving equipment, vital research and making the hospital a comfortable place for patients and parents.

Stroma Specialist Access has over 30 years’ experience providing Inspection and Maintenance services to buildings and UK infrastructure, including Rail and Highways. They employ difficult access techniques including rope access, drones and Mobile Elevating Work platforms (MEWPs) to check the condition and safe operation of a range of structures and buildings.

James Rhodes, Head of Inspection and Maintenance at Stroma Specialist Access, said: "The team always looks forward to this date in the calendar. It's a pleasure to be able to support our local children's hospital and the reactions we see from the children are fantastic."

The grand switch on at Sheffield Children’s Hospital is scheduled for 7pm on Monday 2nd December. You can donate to Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity at More information about the Inspection & Maintenance services provided by Stroma Specialist Access can be found at

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