Sheffield Institute for
Translational Neuroscience

05.02.2014

Fundraising Team go the Extra Mile

Big hearted fundraisers from Chesterfield Royal Hospital and the University of Sheffield have raised over £4,000 to help one of the country's leading medical research programmes.

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As a spectator of the Great Yorkshire Run in 2012, Rick King the Team Coatsey captain and hospital employee noticed that many people were running in memory of friends and loved ones. Rick decided that it would be a good idea to pull together a group of workmates in the Estates Department at Chesterfield Royal Hospital to run the 2013 Great Yorkshire Run to raise money for a work colleague Chris Coates who was suffering with Motor Neurone Disease. The intention was to help raise funds to pay for some equipment to make Chris’s life easier. Only a week after the run, the Estates Department was shocked to hear of the passing of Chris. This made it all the more poignant to do something in his memory.

Team Coatsey was born and it was decided that all funds should be raised in memory of Chris and donated to SITraN (The Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience). SITraN is one of the leading international centres for research into Motor Neurone Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, Dementia, Spinal Muscular Atrophy and Alzheimer’s Disease, and unique to the UK. The SITraN team focus on experimental work in the laboratory, which is then translated into effective therapies for patients in the clinic.

“Although there was nothing that could be done for Chris, we hope that the money raised through sponsorship will be used to make even the smallest advances towards a cure and a longer life for future sufferers.” Rick King, Team Captain.

After some deliberation a target of £500 was set for Team Coatsey members to raise and the event chosen was the 2013 Great Yorkshire Run. With the support of the University of Sheffield's Development Office, the team raised the money via the Charity Choice giving web site, bucket collections and sponsorship forms. It is a fantastic testament to the time and energy that has been put in by the team members to raise over £4,000 and beat the original target. After the race the excitement around the team grew and some of the members completed the Bolsover 10K race to raise even more funds and into 2014, the Team are setting their sights on the first Chesterfield Marathon.

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“I cannot fault the generosity of all the friends and family of Chris Coates who have dug deep – especially in these tough times and have donated to Team Coatsey. It has been an absolute pleasure to be a part of this special team and long may the fundraising continue” David Meadows, Development Officer and Team Coatsey member.

Members of Team Coatsey attended a special presentation evening at the Hospital and officially handed over their donation to SITraN. Andrew Jones of Chesterfield Royal Hospital said: “Team Coatsey should be extremely fulfilled with their achievements. I am proud to see members of our staff go literally the extra mile for such a good cause.”

SITraN and the University of Sheffield wishes to thank everyone who has made a contribution to help fight Motor Neurone Disease.

To make a donation to SITraN or for further information on how you can fundraise for SITraN, please e-mail d.meadows@sheffield.ac.uk or visit http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/sitran