Young Sheffield arthritis patients encourged to keep fit

Making healthy smoothies on the specially-adapted bike
Making healthy smoothies on the specially-adapted bike
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Young people with arthritis were treated to a fun day of sports to encourage more patients to adopt an active lifestyle.

The first-ever Joints In Action event saw around 25 children and teenagers try bouldering, archery, table tennis, indoor canoeing, athletics and ju-jitsu.

All participants had been treated at Sheffield Children’s Hospital and the activities were held at Sheffield University’s Goodwin Sports Centre.

Youngsters also made smoothies by pedalling a specially-adapted bike.

Among those taking part was Jess Quintrell, aged nine, from Totley, who has juvenile idiopathic arthritis which cause swelling around her joints and requires weekly medication.

Her mum Alison Betts said: “The event was organised really well and it’s great how the university and hospital came together to help.”

Organiser Helen Lee, a rheumatology nurse, said it was an ‘amazing day’.