Stars sign Sheffield book in baby’s memory

Jason Jenkinson with the book outside Sheffield City Hall.
Jason Jenkinson with the book outside Sheffield City Hall.
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A book signed by stars who have performed in Sheffield is being auctioned in memory of a premature baby.

Firefighter Jason Jenkinson’s son Archie was born prematurely and died 13 hours later at Jessops Special Care Baby Unit in Sheffield in 2011.

He and his partner Elaine Storer, aged 34, wanted to raise funds for the unit, which later cared for their nine-month-old daughter Poppy May, who was also born prematurely.

Jason said they had a pipe dream to get as many celebrities who have appeared at Sheffield City Hall as possible to sign a copy of the venue’s 80th birthday book so they could auction it off.

And 12 months later the book is all ready to go under the hammer to raise funds for the Jessop Wing.

Among those who have signed it are Olympic star Jessica Ennis-Hill, artist Pete McKee, Human League frontman Phil Oakey, LIfe On Mars actor Dean Andrew.

Musicians Richard Hawley, Reverend and The Makers, Simple Minds, Glen Gregory of Heaven 17, Stephen Jones from Babybird and Jon Windle from Little Man Tate have also added their autograph to the book.

It is also signed by former Sheffield Wednesday player and manager Gary Megson, professional dancers Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag and comedian Toby Foster, among others.

Jason, aged 43, from Rivelin, said: “This was our way of saying thanks to the Jessop Wing following the death of Archie.

“We really believe the care we received from the Jessop Wing prior to Poppy May’s birth helped bring her into this world.

“The book has been a great adventure and I’ve met some amazing characters and celebrities over the past year.

“Hopefully this piece of history will raise some decent money – it’s our way of saying a big thank you to the wonderful staff at the Jessop Wing.”

The book will go up for auction on Ebay on Thursday for 10 days.