The Children's Hospital Charity Easter effort continues as annual Egg Run is put on holdPosted by: Claudia Downs
Organiser Michael Peat and his family at the 2019 Theo's Egg Run
The Children's Hospital Charity are still fundraising after Theo's Egg Run has been postponed.
Easter Sunday in Sheffield would usually see hundreds of motorbike riders’ roar across the city, ending their route at Weston Park before delivering donations and Easter gifts to grateful children on the wards at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.
For 20 years, the event has attracted hundreds of riders and raised more than £70,000 for The Children’s Hospital Charity. Last year, almost 700 bikers turned out on one of the hottest days of the year, led by three-time World Superbike Champion and charity patron James Toseland.
This year the streets will be quiet, and the park almost deserted. The decision to postpone the Egg Run was taken in advance of the government guidance restricting mass participation events and non-essential travel due to the coronavirus, as organiser Michael Peat explains:
“It was the right choice. We weren’t forced to do it at that point, but it was the responsible decision to make. Theo’s Egg Run is about more than just delivering Easter Eggs, it’s about coming together as a community to support a fantastic cause.”
While donations from local businesses delivered before the lockdown will ensure that every patient at Sheffield Children’s receives an Easter gift who wants one, the fundraising this year was due to purchase a Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) bike for the dedicated neurosciences ward.
Spinal cord injuries can be life-changing for children and families, causing paralysis of muscles and loss of sensation. The best chance of recovery comes in the first few months after injury and at Sheffield Children’s, intensive daily therapy is provided during this time.
The FES bike works by using small sticky pads over muscles which are weak or paralysed by injury. Electrical impulses then cause the muscles to contract, boosting the effect of physiotherapy. The bike can assist a child who cannot move their legs themselves or challenge children to build up their muscles. A fun and interactive display screen engages children and motivates them to keep pedalling and boosting their recovery.
A JustGiving page has been launched to encourage those who would have taken part to support the effort. So far, it has raised more than £300.
Organiser Michael continued: “We’re hoping to be able to rearrange the Egg Run in the summer or early autumn should the situation improve, I’m sure everyone will be itching to get back on their bikes and hopefully we’ll be able to raise more than ever before. However, we still really need to raise the money for this equipment, because the staff and patients at Sheffield Children’s would really benefit. Every penny raised now moves us closer to that target. The more we can do now, the faster that becomes a reality.”
Director of The Children’s Hospital Charity, David Vernon-Edwards added: “Although a difficult decision, the postponement of our Theo’s Egg Run was the right one as we work to stop the spread of this virus as quickly as possible. We are already feeling the impact of cancelled events across the community, but by funding equipment like the FES bike, we can continue support the amazing work of our staff at Sheffield Children’s through these difficult times. Please give if you can.”
To support the fundraising drive, visit: justgiving.com/fundraising/theos-egg-run or text EGGRUN to 70085 to give £5. Texts cost £5 plus your standard message rate.