Jess Ennis-Hill helps ‘Fat Lads’ raise cash for hospital charity

A group of cyclists are setting off on a charity bike ride with help from sponsors the Giant Sheffield store. Pictured are Craig Smith, Dean Dove, Andy Liversidge, store manager Giant Sheffield, Matt Currie and James Hope-Gill.
A group of cyclists are setting off on a charity bike ride with help from sponsors the Giant Sheffield store. Pictured are Craig Smith, Dean Dove, Andy Liversidge, store manager Giant Sheffield, Matt Currie and James Hope-Gill.
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A pair of Golden Girl Jessica Ennis-Hill’s spikes are set to headline an exclusive charity auction later this month to help raise money for Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

The fundraising night is part of a host of activities by the self-proclaimed ‘Fat Lads from Dore’ who are hoping to raise £25,000 to to fund a room in the hospital’s new extension.

Jessica Ennis-Hill has donated a pair of her running spikes for the charity auction. Picture: Andrew Roe.

Jessica Ennis-Hill has donated a pair of her running spikes for the charity auction. Picture: Andrew Roe.

Ennis-Hill, who won gold at the London 2012 Olympics, squash legend Nick Matthew and BBC television presenter Dan Walker are just some of the names to have thrown their support behind the initiative, which culminates with a 350-mile bike ride from London to Paris on July 22-26.

The ‘Fat Lads’ – James Hope-Gill, Craig Smith, Dean Dove, Matt Currie and Pete Everitt – are currently hard in training for the ride.

James, who runs sports consultancy firm Onside Consulting, said: “It started as one of those ideas inspired by last summer’s Tour de France where we all fancied getting a bit fitter.

“We’re not particularly fat but the name stuck and we’ll definitely be all a bit leaner after the training and the ride! With all five of us having children the Children’s Hospital was a natural fit for raising money. They do so much good work there and we’re very lucky to have it on our doorstep in Sheffield.”

The dinner is set to be hosted by Walker with auction items including a day spent on the Football Focus set, Ennis-Hill’s athletics spikes, a round of golf with Sheffield professional Matthew Fitzpatrick, a pair of match-worn gloves from England cricket star Joe Root and a squash session with Nick Matthew as well as items from both Sheffield football clubs.

All their cycle activities are being support by the Giant bike store, on Queens Road, and Virgin Active.

Nick Matthew said: “The Children’s Hospital is a great charity that the likes of Dan, Jess and I support which has great links to local sport. The irony is that whilst we are raising pounds for this great cause, the pounds will be falling off the lads from Dore.”

David Vernon-Edwards, charity director of the Children’s Hospital Charity, said: “Their commitment to raising much-needed funds for the hospital is inspiring, including the amount of time that they are putting into training.”

You can follow the Fat Lads’ progress on Facebook.