Ace champions hospital cause

Hero: European Champiuonship 10,000m silver medalist Chris Thompson chats with May Machin, Jackie Terrton and Janet Miles at the Weston Park Hospital, in support of this years Bupa Great Yorkshire Run.

Hero: European Champiuonship 10,000m silver medalist Chris Thompson chats with May Machin, Jackie Terrton and Janet Miles at the Weston Park Hospital, in support of this years Bupa Great Yorkshire Run.

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A TOP athlete visited patients and staff at Weston Park Hospital in Sheffield to see how money raised in the Great Yorkshire Run will help them.

European Championship 10,000m silver medallist Chris Thompson was shown round the hospital Information and Support Centre, Clinical Trials Centre and Chemotherapy Day Case Unit by charity director Rachel Thorpe.

Chris came second in last year’s 10k run and will compete again tomorrow.

He said: “It was wonderful to be invited to Weston Park and have the opportunity to meet the staff and patients - it was a really humbling experience.

“I’m looking forward to the run on Sunday and hope to go one step further this year and win it.

“I’d like to wish everyone else taking part in the run the best of luck, especially those raising funds for Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity.”

Rachel said: “Meeting a top athlete like Chris really lifted our patients’ spirits. Chris was wonderful, sat and chatted and even popped his European Championship silver medal around the necks of some of our patients and staff, which raised a chuckle and was incredibly generous of him.”

Up to 8,000 runners will take to the city centre streets. Former Sheffield City Council leader Paul Scriven will run to raise money for Roundabout after becoming the first patron of a city-based charity for young homeless people.

Coun Scriven first became aware of Roundabout as council leader when he met young people from the hostel in Sharrow at a community assembly meeting.

He accepted their challenge to visit the hostel and play basketball with them. It led to various visits by young people to the Town Hall where they voiced their opinions about what life is like for young homeless people.

Coun Scriven, Lib Dem councillor for Broomhill, said: “As leader of the council I was introduced to many charities but Roundabout was the one that grabbed my attention and I have a personal attachment to the charity as the issues facing these young people could happen to anyone.

“Youth homelessness is very real in Sheffield and meeting the staff and young people at Roundabout instantly confirmed for me that this was the charity I wanted to get involved with. The run is just the start.”

Tracey Porter, deputy director, said: “Roundabout has been supporting young homeless people in Sheffield for over 30 years.

“Sadly the main reason for young people to become homeless is family breakdown such as step parent issues, internal family conflict and problems, lack of income in the family home and in some cases death of parents.

“Roundabout needs to fundraise to provide additional activities such as the recent generational project and refurbishment.”

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