If you or your child is under the care of the Paediatric Oncology and Benign Haematology Department at Bristol Children’s Hospital, ‘Make a Move!’ is for you.
This exciting event is a chance for past and present patients to come together and try out a range of accessible sports and activities. Think wheelchair basketball, dance, rowing, archery, golf, and a whole lot more. There really is something for everyone!
Last year, over 100 children and their families joined the fun as well as some sporting superstars.
This year’s event will be held again at the Team Bath Sports Training Village at the University of Bath on Saturday 31 August. We can’t wait to see you there.
About the day
When: Saturday 31 August 2024
Time: 9:30 am – 15:30 pm
Who: Any child under the care of the Oncology and Benign Haematology Department at Bristol Children’s Hospital. Siblings and parents are welcome and up to one friend can come too.
Parent of patient who attended in 2022
“The day was phenomenal! Such a relaxed atmosphere with time to spend at each and every activity. The kids have been so inspired spending time talking to the elite athletes, holding their Olympic medals and the Olympic torch! There was something there for everyone, from soft play to skeleton racing, face painting, poetry and magic. On the way home, the girls said it was definitely the best day of the holidays.”
If you’ve got a question or want to know more about ‘Make a Move!’ take a look at our FAQ below.
Patients aged 0-16 years that are under the care of the Oncology and Benign Haematology Department at Bristol Children’s Hospital. You can bring your siblings and parents/carers too, plus up to one friend.
This is the running order from September 2023 and is subject to change for 2024.
09:30 – Registration opens with some sports in the main hall.
10:30 – Opening ceremony.
11:00 – All sports open.
15:30 – All sports finish. Staff team game commences, families may stay and watch.
16:00 – Event closes.
Don’t worry if you arrive early! There will be tables and chairs available in the concourse area, so you can wait until the registration desk opens, or the cafe on the same level is open from 9am.
The day will be free-flowing through the sports venue, allowing the children to come and go from sports and activities as they please and as many times as room and time allow.
Appropriate clothing and non-marking sports shoes, i.e., trainers must be worn by all party members. This is a requirement of the venue. Thank you. No jeans are permitted.
The event is free to attend.
Yes, but only of your party, please. We will have an official photographer on the day.
Please read the medical advice below before participating in the ‘Make A Move!’ event.
Please do not attend if you are feeling generally unwell, have a fever or have been in contact with someone infectious with covid, chicken pox, measles, etc.
If on treatment, then please be aware of your neutropenic status and if your platelet count is less than 50, then please contact your Bristol Clinical Nurse Specialist to confirm if appropriate to attend.
Brain tumour patients:
If on treatment (or early off treatment), then we would advise not taking part in specific contact sports – please contact your Bristol Clinical Nurse Specialist if unsure.
Bone tumour patients:
Please follow the advice previously given above.
Bone Marrow Transplant patients:
Please ensure your CD4 Tcell count is greater than 300. If you are at all unsure about whether you can attend or not participate in certain events, then please contact your Bristol Clinical Nurse Specialist nearer the time of the event.
Find your sport
More sports will be announced.
Could your company sponsor a sport?
We’re looking for 24 companies to sponsor an individual sport.
Your company will be recognised by name in the programme given to all attendees and included on the event station’s signage for the sport you are sponsoring.
If you’re interested, please contact Helen.
Why is ‘Make a Move!’ important?
‘Make a Move!’ was designed with children diagnosed with cancer or a blood condition in mind. The event offers them a chance to come together, have fun, get active, and, most importantly, show there is no limit to what they can achieve.
It was an opportunity to try different sports and find one that we all love. It was also nice to meet up again with lots of people that have helped us through our journey. Great idea for an event, fantastic volunteers and a fantastic facility.
Being active can have multiple benefits for the physical and mental well-being of children and young people of all ages and abilities. For some, that can mean joining a sports club or exercising as a family. For others, being active can mean playing outside or walking with loved ones.
If you want to find out more, take a read of these helpful resources.