Theo’s Dragon Boat Race raises £16,000 for Sheffield Children’s Hospital

NINE teams recently competed in the first-ever Theo’s Dragon Boat Race in support of The Children’s Hospital Charity. Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust Chief Executive, Ruth Brown, joined them to help raise over £16,000.

Theo’s Dragon Boat Race was organised by the Charity, which raises vital funds to support Sheffield Children’s. In this inaugural event, three teams of hospital staff, including the board of executives, signed up to compete alongside other charity supporters. Over 150 participants battled it out in heats at Manvers Lake. After a nail-biting final, Team Nick was crowned the winners and lifted the trophy.

Chief Executive of Sheffield Children’s, Ruth Brown, said:

“As a trustee of the Charity and the Chief Executive at the hospital, it’s been a brilliant event to be a part of. The support we receive from the Charity makes a difference to our patients, our families and our colleagues every day. I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who joined us. It was amazing to see the community that came along to show their passion and care for Sheffield Children’s.”

Event Manager at The Children’s Hospital Charity, Emily Beahan, said:

“We had an incredible day at the Dragon Boat Race and were lucky to be joined by so many people from the hospital. Everything we do is to support the incredible work at Sheffield Children’s and the fact so many of them wanted to get involved with this event is such a testament to the dedication of the Trust’s staff.”

The Dragon Boat is deeply embedded in China’s dragon culture, with each boat having an ornately carved dragon’s head at the bow and a tail in the stern. The hull is painted with the dragon’s scales.

One team that competed this year were the Sheffield Chinese Community. The Children’s Hospital Charity established their partnership with the Sheffield Chinese Community in 2022, becoming the official Charity partner of the Sheffield Lunar New Year celebrations.

Theo’s Dragon Boat Race offered the perfect opportunity to continue raising vital funds for Sheffield Children’s, with the team competing in the event developed from their culture.

Chair of the Sheffield Chinese Community Centre, Sarah Ng, said:

“Different groups within Sheffield’s Chinese community have come together today to form one team. We are all from Sheffield and have a deep passion for this city, and supporting Sheffield Children’s is part of that. Theo’s Dragon Boat Race was a brilliant opportunity to continue our support of The Children’s Hospital Charity while taking part in an event from Chinese tradition.”

Money raised at the event will support Sheffield Children’s where it’s needed most, which is currently in their appeal to raise £2 million for the National Centre for Child Health Technology (NCCHT)

The NCCHT will be a place to develop world-leading research and build new technologies to solve the biggest challenges in children’s healthcare. It will bring together children, clinicians, inventors and engineers under the same roof, with state-of-the-art facilities for manufacturing, digital development and the opportunity to deliver Sheffield Children’s clinical care.

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