DANCERS, artists, musicians, sportsmen and other talented performers got together with young cancer survivors at a special fun day to celebrate living healthily.
Around 150 young people who have been treated at Sheffield Children’s Hospital’s oncology and haematology departments over the past 10 years were invited to the English Institute of Sport in Attercliffe for the event, called ‘Do It For You’.
The children attended along with their families, taking part in short classes and watching performances by 30 local organisations, including Greentop Circus and the Sheffield Steelers wheelchair basketball club.
Kids also got the chance to get creative with arts and crafts sessions, making paper rosettes and decorative cards.
Lesley Nicol, who works in the hospital as team manager for the charity CLIC Sargent, said: “Our department is not the easiest area to work in because we do have some very sick children, but when we see them get better and thrive it’s fantastic.
“Do It For You is about letting them know there’s still a lot of support for them here at the hospital and in the community.”
Lesley added: “It can be hard, especially after beating cancer, to get back to a normal life, and so information on how to eat healthily, exercise and keep positive is extremely important.”
She said hospital staff ‘worked incredibly hard’ to organise the fun day.
“We’ve been very touched by the support we’ve had from all the people and groups who have volunteered their time, expertise and energy to help us create such a vibrant and exciting day,” Lesley said.
The children’s hospital treats around 60 to 70 new cases of cancer every year. Treatment - which includes surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and bone marrow transplant - can last from a couple of months to three years.
Four out of five young cancer patients go on to survive their illness long-term.