• Airport firefighters tackle C2C cycle challenge for Sheffield Children’s Hospital Helipad appeal

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    August 13, 2019
    Firefighters from Doncaster Sheffield Airport (DSA) are set for a gruelling two-day cycle as they take on the Coast to Coast (C2C) challenge over the weekend of 9-10 September. 

    The team of sixteen cyclists and two support drivers will aim to raise more than £1,000 for The Children’s Hospital Charity.  DSA is a passionate supporter of the charity, having raised over £30,000 for it since April 2016. 

    Money raised from the Coast to Coast cycle will go towards funding a new Helipad on the roof of the Sheffield Children’s Hospital to allow children to receive the urgent care they need much quicker.

    The airport is also home to Northern headquarters for The Children’s Air Ambulance who moved into a new purpose-built hangar in May 2019.  The move to DSA is part of a seven-year project to provide a nationwide high-speed transfer service for critically ill children and babies came to fruition.

    Brian Mills, Duty Station Manager, Red Watch, said:  “We can’t wait to take on the Coast to Coast challenge for a charity which means so much to us as at the airport, and on a personal level to several of the firefighters taking part.

    “Our aim is to smash our £1,000 target, and with the support of friends, family and the public, I am confident we will get there.  Every penny counts so please help us reach the target by visiting our Just Giving page.

    “Good levels of fitness are essential for firefighters; however we are not underestimating the challenge ahead and have all been putting in extra time in the saddle to prepare.”

    The route begins at Morecambe Bay before heading across the Yorkshire Dales peaking at 337 metres above sea level as the riders pass through Sedbergh and Leyburn, with an overnight stay at Masham.  Day two passes through the North Yorkshire Moors before finishing in Scarborough for celebratory fish and chips, having completed a total of 143 miles (230 kilometres).

    Tchad Western, Corporate Partnerships Officer at The Children’s Hospital Charity said:  “We recently launched our new appeal to raise £14.25 million which will help build a brand-new Helipad on Sheffield Children’s Hospital as well as transform the Emergency Department and Cancer and Leukaemia Ward.  Support from corporate partners such as Doncaster Sheffield Airport is essential to achieve these goals and we wish the firefighting team all the best on their Coast to Coast challenge.”

    Anyone wishing to donate and encourage the firefighters can visit the Just Giving page.

    The Children’s Hospital Charity makes Sheffield Children’s Hospital even better. Donations, sponsorship and fundraising help the organisation deliver above and beyond NHS provision, giving children the best opportunity for recovery.
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