It’s official - Sheffield is king of the castles after staff, patients and families showed off their skils in the sand.
Supporters of Sheffield Children’s Hospital dug deep to raise cash to help care for sick youngsters across South Yorkshire.
Armed with buckets and spades, they fought against rain on Sheffield by The Seaside’s makeshift beaches in the Peace Gardens to complete the charity challenge.
The dull weather might have been unwelcome – but it did not deter grown-ups and children from crouching in the sand with their plastic tools for the fundraising event.
Their mission? To build 1,000 sandcastles in just five hours at the city centre site.
With a bit of grit – and help from Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity mascot Theo the Bear – the team of more than 50 volunteers managed to complete the feat during the Bank Holiday weekend.
Poorly youngsters being treated at the hospital were also allowed to join in the fun for a short time.
It made for a postcard-perfect sight in the city centre once the sand army had finished their work.
Organiser Janette Yemm, a support worker at the hospital, said: “We set ourselves a challenge of building 1,000 sandcastles with a little help from our friends.
“Theo the Bear came along on the day to have photographs with the children and also help us reach our building target.”
The hospital fundraising team hope to make the challenge an annual event involving as many families as possible following the success of the debut.
Janette said: “This is a new event that we are hoping will be held annually in aid of our future hospital developments; these changes will make a child’s time with us more enjoyable and comfortable.”
“It was a huge team effort – long-term patients, nurses, support workers and parents have all been involved.”
n To support the fundraising team’s efforts, visit the website www.justgiving.com/tchc/donate