A Sheffield teenager who has needed regular medical treatment since he was a baby is appealing for people to support a hospital.
Josh Draycott, aged 17, from Owlthorpe, has already raised more than £800 for the Sheffield Children’s Hospital charity’s Make It Better appeal, and is now encouraging others to get on their bike to do the same for Make It Better Day 2014.
Josh and friend Tom Evans are set to take on a cycling challenge on Friday, June 27.
They are calling on as many people as possible to help raise £10 million by 2016 to transform the four children’s hospitals in the UK, including in Sheffield.
Josh receives ongoing treatment from the children’s hospital for a form of cerebral palsy known as spastic diplegia, as well as a faulty heart valve.
He said: “Having been a patient at the hospital, I thought it would be great to give back help to others who are going through similar situations.
“Every time I do a fundraising event like the cycle challenge, what keeps me going is the fact I’m making a difference to children’s lives and also that I could not let down the people who have been so generous in sponsoring me.
“We have an amazing hospital already and are so lucky to have this in our city, but together we can all make it even better, so get on your bike for Make it Better Day and help us raise funds.
“The hospital has certainly transformed my life and I want other people to share this experience. ”
David Vernon-Edwards, hospital charity director, said: “Josh has done an incredible job in his fundraising efforts.
“It is great to see current patients getting involved to help others who are in a similar situation.
“So far, we have £3m towards the Make it Better appeal and can’t wait to see the total after Make It Better Day 2014. Thanks to people like Josh and Tom, we are making great progress.”
n To register go to www.tchc.org.uk/makeitbetter