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Clowning around for a good cause

Posted: Wed 11 Sep 2013
Author: Rachel Williams

Andy Shinnie and Tom Adeyemi join the fun with youngsters at Heartlands Hospital.

Image by: Hannah Causer

Blues stars Andy Shinnie and Tom Adeyemi took time out of their day this week to pay a visit to the children’s wards at Heartlands Hospital.

The duo stopped by to help promote a matchday collection for the hospital's Children and Family Centre Care appeal which will be held on Saturday 21 September when Sheffield Wednesday are the visitors in the Sky Bet Championship.

And the midfielders were quick to get stuck into all the fun and games by taking part in a clown workshop, with entertainers Charlie Farley and Rags, that included putting their plate spinning and dancing skills to the test. 

Christine Morrell, Heartlands Hospital's play specialist, said: “It was brilliant to welcome both Tom and Andy to the children’s unit at the hospital. They were able to interact with the children and join in with a circus and music workshop which all helped to put a smile on the children’s faces and made them forget about being in hospital. 

"We are looking forward to our bucket collection at the Sheffield Wednesday game to raise money for the children’s unit appeal. The money will be used to refurbish the units and make it more child friendly. The children would like to thank the club and players for all of their ongoing fantastic support. “ 

Be sure to keep a look out for the Heartlands Hospital collectors, entertainers and mascot around the stadium at the Sheffield Wednesday game and dig deep for such a worthy cause.

See below for BluesTV's video round-up from the hospital visit.

To find out more about the hospital you can do so by visiting