Nurse on the run for Sheffield hospital appeal

Helen Baines and partner Henry Fletcher
Helen Baines and partner Henry Fletcher

A SENIOR staff nurse on a surgical ward at Sheffield Children’s Hospital raised £240 for an appeal to create extra accommodation at the hospital for families of patients by taking part in the Bupa Great Birmingham Run.

Helen Baines, aged 29, of Stocksbridge, wanted to help The Sick Children’s Trust’s Branching Out appeal for a second ‘Home from Home’ at the hospital.

She completed the run with her partner, Henry Fletcher, aged 29, of Woodhall Spa in Lincolnshire (both pictured).

Helen said: I’ve worked at the hospital for seven years and have seen at first hand the work this charity undertakes and the benefits of providing accommodation for parents close to their sick babies and children. The existing Treetop House is a lifesaver for so many families.

“We ran the half marathon in two hours, three minutes and 50 seconds. We were aiming for two hours, but there was a hill for a whole mile on miles 11 to 12! Not what your legs need at the end! The hill ruined out training plan, even though we’d trained a lot out on the moors!”

The £980,000 appeal is for an 11-bedroom house off Northumberland Road. Already £573,000 has been raised.

Donations can be made by clicking the Branching Out appeal button on the Telegraph website at

If you would like to help by organising an event or a collection, contact regional fundraiser Samantha Silverwood on or ring Treetop House on 2717176.