Famous Sheffield sporting names helped to raise £25,000 for the revamp of the city’s children’s hospital.
London 2012 Olympic heptathlete champion Jessica Ennis-Hill, from Dore, squash champion and former High Storrs School pupil Nick Matthew, rising golf star Matt Fitzpatrick, from Crosspool, and Football Focus presenter Dan Walker, who lives in Hunters Bar, attended the fundraiser at Abbeydale Golf Club, Bradway.
The event was organised by the ‘Fat Lads from Dore’, a group of amateur cyclists – James Hope-Gill, Craig Smith, Dean Dove, Matt Currie and Pete Everitt – who are riding from London to Paris in aid of the Children’s Hospital Charity.
Prizes donated by the four – as well as from artist Pete McKee and a pair of gloves worn by Sheffield cricketer Joe Root when he hit a century against India – were auctioned off to boost funds.
Fat Lad James Hope-Gill said: “It was an absolutely fantastic evening and we were very fortunate to have so many well-known Sheffield people in the same room.
“We absolutely smashed our target which was brilliant as well.
“Some of the prizes we had were great – Joe donated the gloves he wore when competing against India and got a century, as well as a golf session. There was a helicopter experience too and bike shop Giant donated a carbon fibre bike worth £1,500.”
The Fat Lads wanted to collect £25,000 to fund a private bedroom with ensuite facilities at the hospital through its Make It Better appeal.
Improvements to the hospital will include a new wing, complete with mostly private rooms with parent beds so families can stay together.
The new wing will also feature a bright, spacious outpatients department, a courtyard and a giant play tower and is set to be complete by next spring.
James said the group were heading on a coast to coast ride from Morecombe to Bridlington this weekend as part of their training.
The Paris trip will take place from Wednesday to Sunday, July 22 to 26.
James, who runs a sports consultancy, said: “We’ve all been working hard to train.
“The name just stuck and hopefully we will be thinner come July.”
* To support the group visit www.justgiving.com/fatladsfromdore