Revamp on the way for Ryegate Centre

Let's play: Gavin Ward and Andrew Malley meet Ollie Saxton and his mum Rachel at the Ryegate Therapy Block.
Let's play: Gavin Ward and Andrew Malley meet Ollie Saxton and his mum Rachel at the Ryegate Therapy Block.
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A THERAPY centre for children with disabilities is set to receive a mammoth makeover - thanks to a group of big-hearted builders.

Not only have the employees, friends and family of developers Dransfield Properties raised more than £15,500 to pay for the refurb at the Ryegate Children’s Centre, on Tapton Crescent Road, Broomhill, Sheffield, they have now volunteered to step in and carry out the work themselves.

They wanted to ensure every penny of the cash - raised through an epic 326-mile ride from Marseille in France to Portofino in Italy - would go towards revamping the waiting area, gym and treatment room.

The centre provides more than 3,000 therapy sessions for disabled children each year.

Managing director Mark Dransfield said: “When we visited the centre we were all struck by just how much these improvements were needed. We decided if we all volunteered our time and got involved with the work we could make the money go much further.”

Little Ollie Saxton, from Intake, is one of the Sheffield children who will benefit. The three-year-old was born with cerebral palsy spastic diplegia and attends weekly physio and hydrotherapy.

His mum Rachel said: “His condition affects the tone in his legs and feet which makes crawling, standing and walking difficult.

“Ollie loves going to Ryegate because he gets to play with lots of fun toys. Often he enjoys it so much he doesn’t like to go home!

“The Ryegate is such a special place and its staff are fantastic but I do think it could do with a bit of a makeover. I think it’s brilliant the way Dransfield Properties want to get so involved.”

Cat Powell, Art for Health co-ordinator at Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity, who has been managing the project, said: “We have been overwhelmed by the support and generosity of Mark and the other cyclists. They raised a fantastic amount but their idea for a 48-hour makeover was a lovely surprise.”

The refurbishment work is to take place over a weekend later this month.