Charity plan to ‘get us moving’

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A Sheffield charity has urged the people of South Yorkshire to ‘get moving’ - in a bid to raise £25,000 for a new hospital ward.

The Children’s Hospital Charity is to host a charity walk on Sunday, October 6, to raise funds to improve a ward at the city hospital, for children with a range of muscle and bone conditions.

Katie Swift, charity marketing manager, said: “Nearly 80 per cent of us don’t get enough exercise and, since we’re raising money for children with conditions such as cerebral palsy and brittle bone disease, it seemed the perfect match to support them by getting active ourselves.”

The current ward, which treated 1,836 children in 2012, was built in the 1970s and has 20 beds with only one bathroom. It is used by all the patients and their families staying on the unit.

The new ward will form part of the hospital’s £40m transformation.

Geraint Davies, consultant orthopaedic surgeon at the hospital, said: “By taking part, people can help to make such a huge difference to children who have to go through many painful surgeries just to stand on their two feet.”