Sheffield parents join ice hockey team to raise cash for city hospital

Winners of a charity ice hockey competition, which raised money for Sheffield Children's Hospital

Winners of a charity ice hockey competition, which raised money for Sheffield Children's Hospital

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The parents of a Sheffield baby who suffered a stroke joined a charity ice hockey team to raise cash for a Sheffield hospital.

Steph Barker and Andrew Barton, from Hackenthorpe, joined the team after their daughter Amelia, who is five months old, suffered a stroke when she was just a few hours old.

Steph Barker and Andrew Barton, of Hackenthorpe, took part in a charity ice hockey game, which their team won,  after their daughter Amelia, five months, suffered a stroke at just a few hours old.

Steph Barker and Andrew Barton, of Hackenthorpe, took part in a charity ice hockey game, which their team won, after their daughter Amelia, five months, suffered a stroke at just a few hours old.

They joined Team Teddies, representing The Children’s Hospital Charity in Sheffield, at a two-day championship in which they saw off competition from other charity teams from across the UK.

Steph said: “Amelia was born three weeks early by emergency c-section and she weighed just four pounds. She was having a lot of seizures, so she was sent for an MRI scan at The Children’s Hospital which revealed she had had a stroke.

“It was so scary, but the hospital staff were amazing.

“We were sent home, and she is being monitored and treated by physiotherapists at the hospital.

“It is just a waiting game now to see what the impact of the stroke will be. She already is showing signs of weakness down her left side, but she is rolling over and doing all sorts. We are amazed at her progress.”

The team raised £5,000 playing in and hosting the championship.

James Drinkall, assistant captain of Team Teddies, from Royston, Barnsley, said: “It still hasn’t sunk in that we won. It’s an incredible event, bringing together people from across the country, from semi pro to amateur, all to battle it out and have fun.”

Gemma Bower, community fundraiser at The Children’s Hospital Charity, said: “We are amazed at how much they have managed to raise, and can’t thank them enough for their continued support.”

For more information on The Children’s Hospital Charity, which is updating the ageing Children’s Hospital facilities, visit www.tchc.org.uk

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