A BARNSLEY teenager has raised almost £2,000 for the hospital that treated him as a young boy.

Sam Bailey, 13, of Darton, organised a collection for The Children’s Hospital Charity at the Wendy Charles School of Dance show, where more than 200 dancers took to the stage.

Sam, who played Oliver in a production at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre last year, welcomed Theo the bear - mascot of the charity - and encouraged the pupils to take their photo with him in exchange for a donation.

Mum Joanne said: "We're so proud of everything he has done for the charity. He always says he's able to do the things he loves to do, like acting and dancing, so he should help those who aren’t so able.

"When he was three he had severe nose bleeds, caused by the pressure in his body, which caused him to suffer regular bleeds, dizziness and headaches.

"It was very scary for him, but everyone was fantastic, helping him and us with anything we needed."

The event raised over £600, on top of more than £1,100 raised by Sam in previous fundraising bids.

The money raised will go towards the charity’s Make it Better appeal, which aims to raise £10 million regionally by 2016, to transform Sheffield-based hospital.