Sign up for Team Theo and help hospital appeal

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People are being urged to sign up for a half-marathon in a bid to help fund a new suite at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

The Children’s Hospital Charity, based at Sheffield Children’s Hospital, is looking for runners to join Team Theo for the Plusnet Yorkshire Half Marathon on April 12.

The proposed suite will facilitate weight and height measurement, provide weighing scales for wheelchair bound patients, be able to take and monitor many other measurements such as BMI and arm span, and a range of other services that are not provided by the NHS.

Sally Carney, endocrine nurse at The Children’s Hospital, said: “This suite will help ensure our children are healthy, adequately nourished and emotionally secure.

“Regular measurement of children and young people can allow early diagnosis of problems such as malabsorption, eating disorders, hypertension and psychosocial problems.”

Runners who join Team Theo will be able to access support from a dedicated fundraiser who can help with sponsorship and provide fundraising materials.

Tonya Kennedy, events fundraiser at The Children’s Hospital Charity, said: “We want more runners than ever to take part for Team Theo to help us change the lives of patients who make 245,000 visits from all over the world to our hospital.

“Every step our runners take helps us raise money to make it better for our children.”

The suite will be built as part of a major project to update the hospital with world-class facilities to match the existing world-class care it offers.

The Children’s Hospital Charity hopes to raise £10 million as part of the Make it Better appeal to fund the project.