Sheffield workers’ tough challenge to help boy play with pals

Staff at Spring Personnel who are running the Endurer Dash to raise money for Leo Palmer
Staff at Spring Personnel who are running the Endurer Dash to raise money for Leo Palmer
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Big-hearted staff from a Sheffield firm are tackling a gruelling challenge to help a little boy play with his friends.

Colleagues at Spring Personnel in the city centre are hoping to boost a £5,000 appeal for South Yorkshire toddler Leo Palmer, three, who has cerebral palsy.

Parents Siobhan Edge and Rick Palmer want to buy the toddler a specially adapted physiotherapy trike which would help him to build muscles and become more independent.

Mum-of-two Siobhan, of Hepworth, near Doncaster, said: “It will help him stand up and walk, he has just started sitting independently.

“He’s not able to do anything on his own, although he can get around in his wheelchair and he sees the kids outside and wants to play with them.

“It would be lovely for his sister to be able to play with him.”

Painter and decorator Rick added: “Leo is always smiling and happy – unless we are putting him to bed!

“The doctors said he wouldn’t talk or know anything but he has already proved them wrong.”

Any extra money raised for Leo, who is treated at Sheffield Children’s Hospital, will go towards his physiotherapy treatment which costs £60 an hour.

Five staff members from Spring, based next to Sheffield Cathedral, are to take on the Endurer Dash in the Peak District on Saturday, September 27.

They are in training for the obstacle race, an 8km muddy trek across tough terrain.

Sarah Frampton, regional support, said: “We wanted to help because its a fantastic cause to raise money for a lovely little boy.”

She added: “This trike will mean Leo can play with other children like any other three-year-old.”

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