THE tireless efforts of a group of family and friends to raise cash in memory of a Wickersley teenager have been recognised in the first awards ceremony hosted by a children’s hospital charity.
Team Nick formed a year after Nick Walker (16) died in a road accident outside Wickersley Comprehensive in March 2008.
Eleven years on, the group remain determined to build a lasting legacy for him by raising funds for Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity.
Now they have picked up the community group accolade at the charity’s first awards evening.
Nick’s brother, Tom Walker (30) accepted the award alongside family friend Scott Bailey, also 30, and both said they were shocked to have been named the winners.
“It was really humbling and just a pleasure to even be nominated for an award, let alone win one,” Tom added.
“The feeling when we found out we had won is still really difficult to put into words, but it was a massive honour to win — and it helps to keep Nick’s memory alive.”
The team’s fundraising total so far is £75,000 and Tom said they were aiming for £100,000.
A recent contribution of £25,000 paid for a patient bedroom in the hospital’s new wing, which has Nick’s name on the door.
“It’s such a massive thing for us,” Tom added. “Having the opportunity to create a lasting legacy for Nick with a patient bedroom to his memory is something we’re all really grateful for.”
Cheryl Davidson, events fundraising manager at The Children’s Hospital Charity said: “Tom, Scott and all of Team Nick have and continue to do so much to help transform the hospital and build a better future for hundreds of thousands of patients who come from all of the world for our specialist care.
“They are truly amazing and we’re so very grateful for all of their support.”
Tom also said there are a number of further fundraising events in the pipeline, including a climb up Mount Kilimanjaro and a Coast to Coast triathlon.
“We would just like to say a big thank you to everyone who has donated and supported us over the years,” Tom added.
“There are 12 of us who make up team Nick and we don’t just do it to keep Nick’s memory alive, but to also remember other local lads like him who we’ve lost — including Alex Albiston, Matthew Wilcox, Matthew Kiernan, Matthew Brock and Ryan and Tom Bothamley.”