Sports stars and youngsters shine at Sheffield day of fun

Paralympic table tennis champion David Wetherill and Nick Matthew, the world champion squash player, joined children and young people with cancer and their families at an activity day in Sheffield on Saturday 27 October.

Sports stars and youngsters shine at Sheffield day of fun

The day, called ‘Do It For You’, celebrated healthy living when coming off cancer treatment. Archery, cycling and wheelchair basketball were just some of the activities on offer at the English Institute of Sport event, organised by CLIC Sargent social workers and their colleagues from the Oncology unit at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

Over 30 groups from the surrounding area came along to share their skills, from belly dancing to cricket. Physiotherapy students from the local university held a mini Olympics, and a circus performer on stilts greeted everyone and gave circus skills training throughout the day.

More than 100 families attended the event, inspired by end of treatment days and the late effects programme, which aims to help children and young people adopt a healthy, active lifestyle when coming off cancer treatment.

Lesley Nicol, CLIC Sargent Social Work Team Leader, said: "It was a fantastic day, with brilliant teamwork from everyone, especially the people who donated their time and skills and of course the families – who made it such a success by trying everything on offer."