Party in Sheffield park drums up support for kids’ burns club

The African drumming gets underway
The African drumming gets underway
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Exotic animals and live entertainment was fun for all the family at a party to help Sheffield children who have suffered burns.

Endcliffe Park off Ecclesall Road was taken over with a colourful collection of stalls for the ‘party in the park’ staged by Theo’s Burns Club on Sunday.

Three year old Hannah Pouran gets to have a go on a Paramedics bike

Three year old Hannah Pouran gets to have a go on a Paramedics bike

A wandering giant tortoise strolled between the tents while visitors could pet raccoons or hold a tarantula in another marquee.

Lively African drumming sessions, dance shows and free face painting also drew in the crowds and several different raffles offered top prizes.

The club, from the burns unit at Sheffield Children’s Hospital and part of The Children’s Hospital Charity, will use money raised to take children on days out or for them to learn new skills in a year-round support network.

Kathryn Topham, play specialist on the burns unit, said the club gave youngsters the chance to make new friends.

There were dance displays too for the public

There were dance displays too for the public

She added: “Some of our children have experienced issues to do with bullying, so being on these trips makes them feel accepted.

“Without funding for Theo’s Burns Club, these children wouldn’t have access to this support.”

The burns club is named after the charity’s mascot, Theo the bear.

Amanda Mewse and Kiko Mynott get up close with a Burmese Python

Amanda Mewse and Kiko Mynott get up close with a Burmese Python

The African drumming gets underway

The African drumming gets underway

Even the odd Tortoise had a wander round the party helped by three year old Joni Gamble

Even the odd Tortoise had a wander round the party helped by three year old Joni Gamble