Sunday, 21 April 2024
Sunday, 21 April 2024

Egg Run event aims to break £100k of fundraising for Sheffield Children’s

A much-loved event in Sheffield’s calendar, the annual Theo’s Egg Run, is set to return on Easter Sunday in aid of Sheffield Children’s Hospital

Hundreds of motorcyclists will rev across the city on 31 March, ending their route at Weston Park opposite the hospital.

The procession has been led by two-time World Superbike Champion, and patron of The Children’s Hospital Charity, James Toseland, for over 20 years, and this year will be no different.

James said:

“I am so looking forward to leading Theo’s Egg Run once again!  Let’s hope the weather is kind to us and the children staying in the hospital will be able to see close to a thousand motorcycles riding past their windows to give them a moment of excitement in difficult times. And, most importantly, we will be raising much-needed funds for the hospital so they can carry on delivering the best possible care.”

Over the years the event has raised more than £95,000 for Sheffield Children’s, and this year they hope to make it an overall total of £100,000.

Event organiser, Michael Peat, said:

“I am really excited to hopefully break through such an important fundraising marker. £100,000 is a huge amount of money, and a fantastic milestone in how much we’ve been able to achieve for the hospital.”

Over £8,000 was raised through last year’s event, which supported the Charity’s arts programme, Art+. The programme aims to improve well-being, and emotional and mental health for patients, families and staff at Sheffield Children’s, through art. Egg Run funded music workshops to provide distraction and fun for both patients and staff. Music programmes include activities like group music sessions for staff and patients, equipment for music performances, music to facilitate clinical improvements and one-to-one music sessions for patients on wards.

Micheal said:

“We were so glad to support Art+ to provide workshops for patients and families. I have toured the hospital several times and I can really appreciate how a break from the routine can help children to be distracted during their stays.”

This year’s event will fund specialist equipment for the neurosurgery team at Sheffield Children’s, called a 30-degree Minop endoscope. An endoscope in neurosurgery allows the team to insert a camera into the brain and see inside with accuracy and precision. This can be used for tumours and cysts as well as for diagnosis of certain conditions.

The 30-degree Minop endoscope allows for surgeons to ‘look around the corner’ during surgery, which is very important. With simple rotation, the 30-degree scope allows surgeons to view a surface twice as large as they can with a traditional endoscope. This helps to maximise how much of a tumour can be removed without causing injury to vital parts of the brain such as vessels which may be out of sight when using the standard zero-degree scope.

Michael continued:

“Having been part of Egg Run for such a long time it is amazing to see how our fundraising supports the hospital with different projects year on year. I look forward to continuing to grow the event and raising even more money for Sheffield Children’s in the years to come.”

Community Fundraising Officer at The Children’s Hospital Charity, Emma Maskrey, is helping to organise this year’s event. She said:

“This is my first year supporting the Egg Run and I’ve loved working with James and Michael to bring this event together. The Charity are so grateful to everyone involved and I can’t wait to see all the bikes opposite our hospital. The money raised really does change lives at Sheffield Children’s and it’s a wonderful way to celebrate Easter.”

The Children’s Hospital Charity would like to thank a wide variety of groups, without their support Egg Run would not be possible. These include South Yorkshire Police, Red Knights, Blue Knights, Motorcycle Action Group, Safer Roads Partnership, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, Sheffield Advanced Motorcyclists and Rotherham Advanced Motorcyclists.

The parade will start at Europa Link, S9 1XX at 10:00am with the bikers congregating in Weston Park opposite Sheffield Children’s Hospital at the finish.

To support Egg Run in their fundraising target, visit their JustGiving page.

To find out more about The Children’s Hospital Charity and its work supporting Sheffield Children’s, please visit:


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