Young dancers help to ‘make it better’

Danceathon at Thurgoland School to raise money for Sheffield Childrens Hospital Charity
Danceathon at Thurgoland School to raise money for Sheffield Childrens Hospital Charity
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Children danced, workers trekked and youngsters took part in a singsong as people across Sheffield helped Make It Better.

Make It Better Day ran throughout yesterday, helping to raise thousands towards Sheffield Children’s Hospital’s £40 million redevelopment, which is set to start later this year.

The hospital needs £20m for a series of enhancements such as specialist medical equipment, single rooms with en-suite facilities and a play tower, and is appealing for half of that sum from the public.

In total, 259 people signed up to host events, with many more expected to make donations throughout the day.

Youngsters at Thurgoland Primary School set the standard for the day by launching a mass danceathon in their playground, collecting sponsorship cash in return.

Staff from local Asda supermarkets walked 17 miles from Handsworth to the hospital, taking in Chapeltown and Parson Cross, while pupils from Bethany School in Netherthorpe sang in Weston Park, opposite the hospital.

Pupils in Years Three and Five at Lydgate Junior School in Crosspool got into the fundraising spirit too with a host of activities.

And the fundraising is not over, either.

Today, Theo the Bear, the hospital’s mascot, will be strolling along Ecclesall Road from 10am to 5pm collecting donations, while tomorrow several hardy souls are completing the Hathersage triathlon in aid of the Make It Better appeal.

The triathlon entrants include Lesley Ford, from Dore, whose one-year-old daughter Emma was treated for potentially fatal chickenpox at just two weeks old, and Christina Lloyd, the children’s hospital’s communications manager.

Another mass sponsored bounce is happening in Stand Road Park, Chesterfield, next Saturday.

David Vernon-Edwards, director of The Children’s Hospital Charity, said people’s support through the Make It Better appeal was ‘vital’.

He said: “Children from all over the UK come to Sheffield for treatment at our hospital and we need to provide the best possible care for every one of those children.

“Throughout its history, our hospital has depended on the support of the community.

“That support is more vital now than ever before.”