Dads in dash for sick kids

Dale Kilner and Chris Clayton
Dale Kilner and Chris Clayton
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A pair of South Yorkshire plumbers will take on this year’s Great Yorkshire Run, to thank the Sheffield hospital that treats their children.

Dale Kilner, aged 29, and Chris Clayton, 31, are hoping to raise big bucks for The Children’s Hospital Charity when they set off on the 10K this September.

Dale, of Barnsley, has been visiting The Children’s Hospital with his daughter Daisy since she was born.

The one-year-old suffers from hip dysplasia, which means her leg is prone to coming out of its socket. Daisy was born with her leg disconnected from her hip and underwent surgery at just nine months old.

Dale, branch manager at a Barnsley plumbing firm, said: “At the moment, she’s walking and her hip is in place but if she falls and lands the wrong way, it could pop back out and it’s very frustrating for her. If it continues to happen, we’ll be looking at taking some bone out of her leg and implanting it on to the hip bone with a metal plate to hold her leg in place. We’ve just got to see what happens as she grows.”

Dale’s colleague Chris decided to join his friend on the challenge in support of his eldest son, Oliver, seven, who has been treated in hospital over the past 12 months for asthma and hearing problems.  

The assistant branch manager said: “When you walk into The Children’s Hospital, it’s totally different to how you expect a hospital to be. It’s colourful and bright and really engages the kids who have to visit.

“When we go in, the doctors and nurses try to make Oliver laugh and it makes it so much easier and less daunting for him and for us.”

Last year, runners raised over £10,000 for the charity in the Bupa Great Yorkshire Run.