Caring pal hops to unusual charity challenge to raise cash for Sheffield Children’s Hospital

Charly Calpin on her space hopper
Charly Calpin on her space hopper
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A hopping mad former runner has swapped her trainers for a giant orange inflatable in a bid to complete a marathon – on a space hopper.

Charly Calpin, aged 27, has been bouncing to work, the shops, nights out and around town, all in a bid to raise funds for Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity.

The big-hearted coffee-making barista, who lives in Walkley, Sheffield, was forced to give up running after spraining a ligament in her leg last year. But after her best friend’s three-year old son, Benjamin Robinson, was diagnosed with leukaemia at Sheffield Children’s Hospital last month, she set out to raise money any way she could.

“Benji and his mum Louise are two incredible, strong and positive people,” said Charly. “The hospital has shown them so much support so I’d like to return the favour.

“I knew I needed to come up with something that is quite a challenge, but also unusual so people would see me and ask questions about it - and it is working.

“People have already stopped me in the street to ask what I am doing and given me money.”

Charly, who is almost at the end of her 26.2 mile challenge, which runs until the end of October, has been spotted on her vibrant space hopper bouncing through Sheffield’s Peace Gardens fountains, paying in Tesco and dining out in Wagamamas.

Through her ‘Bounce 4 Benji’ challenge, Charly hopes to raise at least £500 for Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity, which helps the hospital go above and beyond the NHS provision to make it better for patients like Benjamin.

David Vernon-Edwards, director at the hospital charity, said: “This is a perfect example of how our supporters continue to think of innovative and unusual ways to raise money for our charity, and we are so grateful to Charly for doing this for us.

“Thanks to her support, we can make it better for thousands of children who are treated at our hospital every year.”