Hundreds rally round to support event inspired by a young city boy

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A FAMILY fun day in support of one of Sheffield’s bravest youngsters attracted around 1,000 people to a city sports club.

Dr Chris Steele from TV’s This Morning officially opened the event at Stocksbridge’s Bracken Moor Sports Club inspired by nine-year-old Ethan Giles Bowman.

The youngster from Deepcar has the rare Goldenhar Syndrome, which caused him to be born with a missing ear.

He is currently undergoing procedures which will give him a complete right ear for the first time.

The day, organised by Ethan’s mum Kathryn and the rest of his family, should raise up to £5,000 for the Goldenhar Family Support Group, which gives aid to youngsters with the same condition.

Kathryn said everyone enjoyed the event despite wind and showers, with plenty of events to keep the crowds entertained.

“We are pretty hardcore up in these parts so lots of people turned out for the day,” she said.

“We had a sponsored fun run from Bracken Moor to Bolsterstone and back, and there were trophies in categories like the Fluffiest Fairy, best dressed pram, best costume and so on.

“We also had a strongman competition, a falconry display and our local Castle pub football team all had their legs waxed.

“Ethan had a fabulous time, he thinks it’s wonderful that everyone should turn out for him and people like him,” Kathryn added.

The day, being held for the second year, also featured a car boot sale, stalls, family games, a raffle and tombola, dancing and face painting.