Strap up those boots – The Three Dams challenge is back in a bid to raise vital funds for The Children’s Hospital Charity, who are urging people from across the region to join the annual walking fundraiser on October 5.
The challenge, which saw more than 300 walkers take on the 5-15 mile Derwent Valley Route, is being hosted as part of the Make it Better appeal, to improve the environment for children and families visiting The Children’s Hospital, Sheffield.
From local Sheffield families to hospital staff, the charity are reaching out to all their supporters and encouraging them to take part to help Make it Better.
One member of staff encouraging people to take part in the event is Paediatric Forensic Radiographer, Elzene Kruger.
Elzene has taken on numerous Charity challenges after seeing first-hand the difference funds have made. She said: “Over the last 10 years, I have witnessed the progress and healing of many young patients who visit the X-Ray department – some of who will join us on the walk. It is so rewarding to see how courageous some patients are and how broken and damaged bones can sometimes heal beyond belief.
“As a Paediatric Forensic Radiographer, I strive to use the best imaging techniques to diagnose medical and surgical problems. This includes the use of computerised x-ray, ultrasound, MRI, CT scans and DEXA to monitor patient progress. Many of the specialist pieces of equipment have been funded by the Charity, so I know how important sponsorship money is and exactly how far it can go.
“I want to encourage even more people to join in with their friends, family and colleagues to take on 15, 10 or 5 miles to help Make it Better.
“Money raised from the Three Dams Challenge will aid the vital work of The Children’s Hospital Charity’s Make it Better appeal which aims to raise £10million regionally by 2016.”
The Children’s Hospital, Sheffield, is one of only four stand-alone children’s hospitals in the UK. It currently accommodates more than 245,000 patient visits each year from across Yorkshire, the UK and the rest of the world.