Patients race round Sheffield Children’s Hospital on bikes

Patients at Sheffield Children's Hospital raced around the corridors on their bikes
Patients at Sheffield Children's Hospital raced around the corridors on their bikes

Patients at Sheffield Children’s Hospital raced around the corridors on bikes to help mark the start of the Tour de Yorkshire bike race.

The Children’s Hospital Charity was the official partner for the race, which took place over the weekend, with top-class riders racing through Barnsley.

Youngsters receiving treatment at the hospital took part in their own bike race, starting at the café before going up a ramp for the mountain stage, through the outpatients department, down the Long Gallery corridor to the finish in the X-Ray department.

Eight-year-old Hidi Octavia-Drabble, from Chesterfield, took home the yellow jersey after beating stiff competition from Paige Allen, from Kiveton Park, who came second.

Elysha Robertson, 13 and Cain White, eight, also took part in the race.

Money raised by the Tour de Yorkshire will be donated to the Children’s Hospital and will help pay for the UK’s first fully digital intraoperative 3T MRI scanner to the hospital.

The machine, only available in three countries worldwide, will make the hospital a world-leader in the treatment of brain tumours in children.

Rebecca Staden, fundraising manager at The Children’s Hospital Charity, said: “Well done to all of the wonderful patients who took part in the inaugural Tour de Children’s Hospital.

“All four of them are inspirational youngsters, and all of them are winners.

“We are so lucky to have this hospital on our doorstep, and we want to show the world how proud we are of this institution, as well as of our patients.”

The Children’s Hospital Charity funds £250,000 of research into the prevention and cure of childhood illnesses each year, pays for new facilities and specialist medical equipment.

It also funds improvements to the hospital environment to benefit patients, families and visitors.

To find out more about how to help the charity visit 0114 2717203.