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We are three serving police officers from Sheffield, South Yorkshire and in July, we will be taking on the challenge of visiting all 92 football league grounds in 92 hours.
One car, 3 cops, 92 grounds, 92 hours, 2,400 miles. We are taking on this challenge to raise money for The Children’s Hospital Charity, which supports Sheffield Children’s Hospital.
Sheffield Children’s Hospital is one of just three standalone specialist children’s hospitals in the UK. More than 269,000 patient journeys are made to the hospital each year and its work changes children’s lives from across the UK and around the world every day.
The Children’s Hospital Charity has recently launched an appeal to transform the Cancer and Leukaemia Ward at the hospital.
The Cancer and Leukaemia Ward treats children from babies through to 19 year olds, is one of twenty principle treatment centres in the UK, and cares for patients who have other blood problems such as bleeding and inherited disorders. They treat around 25 bone marrow transplant patients every year, staying for 6 to 8 weeks at a time in isolation. Other patients can be treated for longer periods, sometimes over a year.
The problem with the ward is that, whilst the care received is excellent, the facilities are not. Children who suffer from cancer can develop post-traumatic stress disorder, but this the tension and anxiety can be relieved by creating a new home from home with space, privacy and natural light to make isolation a place of sanctuary and calm.
The transformed ward would create private patient rooms with en-suite facilities, giving patients a place to make their own and space for a parent to sleep comfortably alongside them. The redevelopment will increase the ward footprint, with larger bed bays and more isolation rooms. It will also expand the space for children to play and more than double the size of the ward classroom; ensuring illness does not interrupt patients who wish to continue learning.
We will start this challenge at Barnsley Football Club at 8pm on Friday 12th July and finish at Bramall Lane at 4pm on Tuesday 16th July. Thankfully, we like each other’s company as we will be sharing the driving to visit every football league ground and grabbing a photo to share with our social media followers.
We will be driving over 2,400 miles in a car and riding bikes to reach the London clubs. We will be eating and sleeping in the vehicle to complete the challenge to make sure we stick to our 92 hour limit.
We have a few social media profiles where we will be posting up-to-date tweets and videos on our journey - doing our best to get clubs, local celebrities, businesses and our wider followers to promote this great challenge and the charity we are raising money for.
We would love it if you could support us in any way possible