Crash victim back on charity walk

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A boy who bravely took on a charity walk just two months after being hit by a car is returning a year on to complete more of the challenge.

Scott Wheatcroft, aged 11, is lacing up his boots next month for Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity’s Three Dams Walk, where he will be trying his best to trek 10 miles in aid of other young patients in the city.

He first took on the challenge last year, just two months after he was struck by a car, breaking his right leg in two places.

With the help of a special frame attached to his leg, and regular stops, Scott walked three-and-a-half miles and raised £270.

Last year Scott’s money went towards helping other patients with muscle and bone conditions.

Proceeds from the 2014 event will help to create a safe outdoor space at the children’s hospital, allowing youngsters to enjoy fresh air, exercise and respite.

The project is part of the charity’s Make It Better appeal, which aims to raise £10 million across the region by 2016.

Scott said: “Having been a patient at the hospital and taking part in the challenge myself, I wanted to encourage others to join in.

“By doing this we can provide a great area for patients in the hospital to spend time enjoying themselves and the outdoors, which at the moment they don’t get much chance to do.”

His dad, Dean Wheatcroft, added: “His mother and I thought we would be pushing him in a wheelchair for five miles, but Scott had no intention of that! Scott was so determined – we’re incredibly proud.”

The family are from Alfreton in Derbyshire.

The walk on October 5 follows a circular route through the Derwent Valley, taking in the Ladybower, Derwent and Howden dams.

n Log on to www.tchc.org.uk, call 0114 2717203 or email support@tchc.org.uk for more information or to sign up.