Walkers step out in Peak District to raise cash for Sheffield Children’s Hospital

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Hundreds of big-hearted walkers embarked on a spectacular stroll in the Peaks to raise cash for charity.

The fundraisers completed a five, 10 or 15-mile trek through Derwent, Howden and Ladybower Dams in aid of the Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity to help fund a secure outdoor space at the hospital.

Theunis, Susan and Liam Jacobs, from Hillsborough, were among the Three Dams Challenge walkers

Theunis, Susan and Liam Jacobs, from Hillsborough, were among the Three Dams Challenge walkers

The area will be used by young patients and their families as a place for respite, gentle exercise and relaxation.

More than 200 people took part in the walk with many donning the charity’s colours to help transform Derwent Valley’s autumn foliage into a sea of blue and yellow.

Theunis, Susan and Liam Jacobs, from Hillsborough, took up the challenge to thank the charity for the treatment Liam received at the children’s hospital as a youngster.

Mum Susan said: “Liam was basically in and out of the hospital from the ages of three to seven with abdominal migraines that caused him severe stomach pain.

Ruth and daughter Mona Ojaghi, 12, from Dronfield, were among the Three Dams Challenge walkers

Ruth and daughter Mona Ojaghi, 12, from Dronfield, were among the Three Dams Challenge walkers

“It was horrible, he was in there all the time, but we are so grateful to the hospital for everything they did so we want to support the charity to help them any way we can.”

It was the second year that Liam, now aged 13, joined his parents on the Three Dams Challenge.

Another regular team, Ruth and daughter Mona Ojaghi, 12, from Dronfield, embarked on the five mile route, running, walking and stopping for selfies on the way.

Ruth said: “We have been doing this challenge for years and we will continue to do it. We love it because I get to spend quality time with my daughter, who doesn’t want to be with her mum as much as she gets older. It is beautiful scenery and just a brilliant event.”