Party in the park to help burns unit kids

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African drumming, a mini zoo and a visit by emergency service vehicles are some of the attractions coming to a Sheffield park to raise money for children being treated for burns.

The event, called Party In The Park, is happening in Endcliffe Park on September 1, and is the fourth annual event of its kind raising money for Theo’s Burns Club at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

The hospital’s burns unit sees more than 300 new children every year, all of whom can join the club, which is intended to boost youngsters’ confidence and is fronted by mascot Theo the Bear.

Other fun activities happening in the park include a bouncy castle, a host of stalls and a fundraising raffle at 3pm.

Cash raised will go towards activities and camps to support children and their families as they come to terms with their injuries and treatments.

Lindsay Marris, family support nurse at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, said the fundraising event ‘should be a great day all round’.

“The long-term effects of a burn injury are not just physical, these children have to learn to come to terms with their scarring and the effect that has on their school life and friendships,” she said.

“The care these children receive is complex and extremely painful and can involve repeated surgery over many years.

“That’s why Theo’s Burns Club is so imperative - it helps children rebuild their confidence.”

Party In The Park starts at 10am, and anyone can attend.

The club pays for the children to go to specialised camps where they can meet other children with burn injuries and take part in exciting activities, with health professionals providing expert advice.