Jessica launches £500K Beyond The Treatment cancer appeal

April 3rd, 2017 Posted by News, News from Rio No Comment yet

Olympic golden girl Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill had a blast today launching a new £500,000 Weston Park Cancer Charity appeal to improve the experiences of cancer patients in the region. She used an air horn to sound the start of fundraising for Beyond the Treatment – which will see a huge refurbishment and modernisation of wards in her home city at Sheffield’s Weston Park Hospital.

Olympic golden girl Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill had a blast today launching a new £500,000 Weston Park Cancer Charity appeal to improve the experiences of cancer patients in the region. She used an air horn to sound the start of fundraising for Beyond the Treatment – which will see a huge refurbishment and modernisation of wards in her home city at Sheffield’s Weston Park Hospital. It will include WiFi and tech solutions to help patients stay in touch with their families using Smart TVs to make video calls, plus the introduction of lots of other home comforts for patients and visitors. The hospital admits 3,500 people every year from Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley, Doncaster, Worksop and Chesterfield.

Charity bosses say the Beyond The Treatment appeal aims to make patients feel more comfortable and less isolated during their stay, along with improvements to day room facilities for visiting relatives and children. As part of the transformation wards will get recliner chairs, circadian lighting to help patients sleep and an activity hub, with new technology also including access to iPads, DVD players, books and magazines.

A service to provide headscarves and support for people who have lost their hair as a result of their treatment, will also be paid for through the project. Weston Park Cancer Charity needs to raise £500,000 by the end of September to cover the costs of the refurbishments and is calling on South Yorkshire businesses, community groups and individuals to help.

Dame Jessica, a Patron of the charity since 2011, was launching the appeal today and said: “Weston Park Cancer Charity does incredible work and I am very proud to be helping them launch this campaign, which aims to make life that little bit easier for people being treated for cancer. “I’m hoping that the people of South Yorkshire join me in helping the Beyond the Treatment appeal hits its target and make a difference.”

To donate visit www.beyondthetreatment.org.uk

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