Photo special: Superheroes swoop to aid of Sheffield hospital

Iron Man, Batwoman and Spiderman were among the superheroes represented
Iron Man, Batwoman and Spiderman were among the superheroes represented
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Superheroes swooped in to save the day, raising thousands to help babies born in Sheffield.

Superman, Captain America and Spiderman were just some of the comic book crusaders who came to the aid of Sheffield Hospitals Charity at a fundraiser today (Sunday, May 21).

Superheroes of all ages took part in the sponsored walk

Superheroes of all ages took part in the sponsored walk

Families got into character to complete a sponsored 2.5km or 4km walk, buggy push, toddle or trike for Jessops Superheroes.

Their efforts have already generated more than £25,000 for the city's Jessop Wing and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), with further cash expected to flood in before the final total is announced.

This was the charity's fourth annual event and the money raised will help enhance services for more than 7,200 babies born each year at the hospital, where many entrants believe the true superheroes can be found.

After the walk, participants enjoyed entertainment from Minimovez Pre School Fitness, Rachel’s Magical Entertainment, Hullabaloobell parties and DuoCall’s Superman Penalty Shootout. There was also face painting, a balloon maker, crafts and a ukulele workshop.

Superheroes leap into action

Superheroes leap into action

Isla Denoon, fundraising team manager at Sheffield Hospitals Charity, said: "These events are always so humbling – the sheer amounts of people who take part because the Jessop Wing has played a part in their lives really make you think about what an amazing hospital we have here in Sheffield.

"This year we have record entries and we are well on track to smashing our fundraising target. We can’t thank everyone enough for the efforts they have made to raise funds for our tiniest patients."

The Jessop Wing is a purpose-built maternity hospital which supports thousands of families each year from Sheffield, Yorkshire and the rest of the UK, through all stages of pregnancy, from conception to care after birth.

It is also home to one of the country's largest and most specialised neonatal intensive care units, providing critical care for 700 babies each year.

Superheroes joined forces for the great cause

Superheroes joined forces for the great cause

To donate, visit www.sheffieldhospitalscharity.org.uk/jessopsappeal or tect JESSOPS to 70660 to give £3.

Families could choose between a 2.5km and 4km walk

Families could choose between a 2.5km and 4km walk

Entertainment was laid on after the walk

Entertainment was laid on after the walk

The money raised will help babies born at the Jessop Wing

The money raised will help babies born at the Jessop Wing

Scores of walkers got into costume to raise money

Scores of walkers got into costume to raise money

The event raised at least 25,000

The event raised at least 25,000

The fundraisers strike a pose

The fundraisers strike a pose