Day comes to make it better

Carter Whitlam, aged three, with his mum Laura, of Handsworth. Carter was born with only one lung.
Carter Whitlam, aged three, with his mum Laura, of Handsworth. Carter was born with only one lung.
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Hundreds of people across Sheffield are doing their bit to help ‘make it better’ for the city’s children’s hospital today.

Events from zumbathons and a sponsored walk to a mass dance featuring school pupils have been planned to support Make It Better Day .

It is being held in support of the Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity’s appeal to raise £10 million towards upcoming major redevelopment work.

Almost 260 people have signed up to hold a host of activities – and the day is being backed wholeheartedly by mum Laura Cartwright, whose three-year-old son Carter spent nearly a year on the wards after he was born with a diaphragmatic hernia, meaning he had only one working lung.

Laura, aged 31, from Handsworth, said: “The care we received was absolutely outstanding – Carter wouldn’t be here today without the hospital’s amazing doctors and nurses.”

This afternoon, hundreds of youngsters at Thurgoland Primary School will be dancing in their playground in return for donations, while children from Bethany School, Netherthorpe, are gathering for a singalong near the Weston Park bandstand.

Workers from Asda supermarkets in the city are setting off on a 17-mile walk from Handsworth to the children’s hospital, taking in Chapeltown and Parson Cross on the way, and drivers from Mercury Taxis are getting into the fundraising spirit too.

Every cabbie has committed a fare from their Friday or Saturday shifts to the fund. Mercury has also just raised £3,340 through a charity golf match.

Family advice service Sheffield Information Link is having a cake and crafts sale at its offices on Leopold Street from 10am to 1pm, while the Park Hotel at Meadowhead is raffling off a giant gummy bear.

Theo, the children’s hospital’s teddy mascot, is making special visits today too.

He will be at the Kids Unlimited nursery in Millhouses, as well as meeting children at Granby Nursery in Wickersley, Rotherham, who are putting on a sponsored bounce.

The hospital needs to pay for a series of state-of-the-art enhancements, such as specialist medical equipment, single rooms with en-suite facilities and a play tower.

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