Small runners make a big impact at Leeds hospital’s children’s wards

Staff and patients at two children's surgery wards are being given bright new looks - thanks to a donation from the Jane Tomlinson Appeal.

Wards 41 and 42 in the Clarendon Wing at Leeds General Infirmary are being given an exciting makeover to make them more appealing to young patients and their families who are often spend lengthy periods on the wards.

The donation has paid for bright new artwork - under taken by Leeds-based the WOW wall - to be added to five bed bays, four side-rooms, two playrooms, a parents' room and two nurses' stations.

Appropriately, the money to pay for the revamp - several thousand pounds - was raised by youngsters taking part in the annual Arena Group Leeds Mini and Junior Run.

The children - aged between 3 and 14 - raised sponsorship for the Jane Tomlinson Appeal, which decided to fund the LGI project.

Jane Tomlinson Appeal legacy manager Siobhan Curtis said: "We're really pleased that our young runners have been able to help fund a project like this which will directly benefit children their own age.
"Before, the hospital wards were very plain, but the new artwork gives them a really warm and welcoming environment. Hopefully, it will also be a pleasant distraction for the children and their families."

Ward sister Louise Porter said: "Being in hospital can be a stressful time for children and their parents.

"We're so pleased that, thanks to the donation from the Jane Tomlinson Appeal, that we've been able to make the wards much more appealing and a little less scary for our youngsters and their families.

"A big thank you is also due, too, to all the little runners who raised so much money to help children who have to spend time in hospital."

This year's Arena Group Mini and Junior Run takes place on Sunday, May 12 - the same day as the Leeds Half Marathon.

Up to 1,500 children are expected to take part in the event in Leeds city centre which, thanks to sponsors, the Arena Group, is entirely free to enter.

This year, the fifth time the event has been held, youngsters will be encouraged to raise sponsorship for Leeds Mencap, which provides vital advice, help and support for children with learning disabilities and their families across the city.

The event comprises two runs - a 1.5km mini course for 3 to 8-year-olds and a 2.5km route for 9 to 14 year olds. Both start and finish in Leeds' showpiece Millennium Square.

Entries are now open for the Leeds Mini and Junior Runs. To sign up, go to
Entries for the Leeds 10K are also now open. Go to to enter.