Awards hope for Sheffield fun day team

The team which organised the successful Do It For You day for children treated for cancer
The team which organised the successful Do It For You day for children treated for cancer
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Hospital staff and university workers who organised a day of activities for cancer patients in Sheffield have been nominated for a national award.

The team from Sheffield University, and the oncology and haematology department at the city’s children’s hospital, set up an event called Do It For You at the English Institute of Sport in Attercliffe.

The fun day involved displays by cheerleaders and dance group, as well as sessions by sports clubs, put on for around 80 families whose children have had cancer, as part of efforts to show them it is possible to return to an active lifestyle.

Organisers have now been shortlisted in the ‘team of the year’ category at the Nursing Times Awards 2013, along with nine other groups from across the country.

Tracy Twyman, lead leukaemia sister at Sheffield Children’s Hospital, said: “It is brilliant for the awards to have recognised the efforts of our team to put the event together and the continual support we offer to our cancer patients in Sheffield.

“There seemed to be no better time to try to inspire them.”

Dr Anna Jenkins, consultant paediatric oncologist, added: “It was great for staff and volunteers to see the children and young people having fun with their families, and inspiring to see them achieving so much, both physically and mentally.

“Parents said they felt confident about letting their children take part in the activities because the day was organised and supervised by hospital staff.

“They also valued the opportunity to meet and share experiences with other families outside the hospital setting.

“Furthermore, this event also showed the wider community a positive side to childhood cancer, highlighting what can be done rather than focusing on limitations.

“We would like to thank all the groups who took part for volunteering their time and making an invaluable contribution to the day.”

Organisations which participated in Do It For You last October included Greentop Circus, Sheffield Steelers Wheelchair Basketball Club, Beauchief Lawn Tennis Association and Barnsley Archery Club.

Sheffield University’s Ceilidh Society showed off their musical talents, while the RSPB encouraged families to enjoy the local countryside.

Winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on October 30.