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Fundraisers get set for Steel City road race

29 Aug 2017 16:36:18
Sheffield 10K runners

A 12-strong team of fundraisers will be pounding the streets of the Steel City to raise money for the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity when they take part in the  Run for All Sheffield 10K.

Colleagues from The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust (TRFT) have teamed up with members of the public to take part in the event on Sunday 24 September 2017 to raise money for the charity’s Purple Butterfly Appeal.

All the money raised will help the charity fund a fourth Purple Butterfly room at Rotherham Hospital. The £75,000 purpose-built rooms offer privacy and dignity to patients nearing the end of their lives, and their families.

Gabby Atmarow, Chair of the Charitable Funds Committee, said: “Earlier this year we appealed for people to take part in the Run for All Sheffield 10K for the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity. We have not had an official team participating before so we are delighted to receive such an enthusiastic response.

“It’s great to see colleagues from the Trust and members of the public all joining forces for our charity. We are incredibly proud of all their fundraising efforts and the training they’re doing. I hope as many people as possible support the team and our charity as all the money raised will make a huge difference, creating a home from home for our patients when time really is most precious.”

The Run for All Sheffield 10K route begins at Arundel Gate and takes runners on a journey along Charter Row and along Ecclesall Road, before skirting the edges of Endcliffe Park. It continues along Riverdale Road, Endcliffe Vale Road, close to the Botanical Gardens, then travels down Brocco Bank and back to an exhilarating city centre finish.

The team includes TRFT colleagues Liza Broughton, Celia Newton, Liz Hayter, Angela Davison, Lisa Longden, Joanne Clough, Gaynor Ibbs plus public supporters Simon Watts, Hannah Wright, Gary Webb, Simon Colliver and Karen Barber.

Gary Webb, of Grange Road in Rotherham, will be taking part in the event to say thank you to the Trust for caring for his daughter Lydia, now a year old. Lydia spent the first 11 weeks of her life being cared for on the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) after she was born at 29 weeks on 11 August 2016. She suffered a collapsed lung and anaemia, which required round the clock care.

Gary, a coach for Sheffield United’s Community Foundation, said: “This is another great opportunity for me to raise awareness about the incredible work everyone does at Rotherham Hospital. It’s my way of giving something back to the hospital which saved my daughter’s life.

“The Purple Butterfly rooms sound incredible. When Lydia was in hospital my wife Jenni and I were able to stay with her in a family room on the special care baby unit. Having a private room where we could be a family, but where there was also support available if we needed it, meant a lot to us. I hope our fundraising will help other families have that special time with their families when they need it most.”

Celia Newton, Legal Affairs Manager at TRFT, is also taking part. She added: “I started doing the couch to 5K programme with a friend earlier this year and we also took part in a pedometer challenge at work. That showed me just how sedentary life can be so we spurred each other on to enter the Sheffield 10K. I’m definitely not an athlete but running is something which is good for my health and wellbeing, it’s great ‘me’ time and I can also combine it with exercising my crazy dogs!

“Taking part in the event for such a good cause is really spurring me on. I feel there are many parts of our lives that are important, but as a hospital we only get one opportunity to get the beginning and end of life right for our patients and their families.

“Our Purple Butterfly Appeal aims to make end of life care more personal and dignified and I hope the Purple Butterfly room we’re raising money for will go some way to enable families to remember the last precious days and hours spent with their loved ones in a more comfortable and peaceful setting.”

The team hope to raise £5,000 for the Purple Butterfly Appeal. You can sponsor them in person or online here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/purplebutterflyteam10k

For more information about the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity please contact Suzanne Rutter on 01709 426821 or via Charity@rothgen.nhs.uk.