Be a star and help appeal

Weston PArk Hospital Christmas Star launch with patient John Coyne, Charity worker Helen Gentle and nurse Rebecca Duck
Weston PArk Hospital Christmas Star launch with patient John Coyne, Charity worker Helen Gentle and nurse Rebecca Duck
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The festive season is fast approaching – and South Yorkshire folk are being urged to dig deep over the coming weeks to provide vital help for cancer patients.

The Christmas Star Appeal is being launched today in aid of Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity – backed by The Star.

As part of the campaign, readers are encouraged to make donations to support the charity’s work at the Sheffield hospital, in return receiving a special silver star decoration to take pride of place on their Christmas trees.

It is hoped the appeal will raise tens of thousands of pounds for cancer research, treatments and support for those battling the disease, as well as their loved ones.

Weston Park fundraiser Helen Gentle said for many families dealing with cancer diagnoses, Christmas won’t necessarily be a happy time.

“We know it can be a busy time of the year, but we’re asking people if they can pause to remember those families in our area who will be facing a difficult Christmas due to the impact of cancer,” said Helen.

“We very much hope people will be able to support our appeal and help us fund world-class cancer research and treatments that will give more families the chance of spending more Christmases together.”

Weston Park is one of only four dedicated cancer hospitals in England, and provides care to a population of almost 1.8 million across South Yorkshire, North Derbyshire and North Nottinghamshire.

The site is also home to an internationally-renowned research facility, alongside an information and support centre offering drop-in visits to patients and family members, which last week was reopened following refurbishment.

Meanwhile, the charity has to raise around £200,000 every year to fund services – and it is hoped the Christmas Star Appeal will collect £15,000.

n To donate, visit Christmas Star Appeal, or send a text message to 70070, typing WPCC13 followed by the donation amount – £1 to £5 to £10. Call 0114 2265370 to make credit or debit card donations, or to make arrangements for postal donations.

n See Healthy Living in The Star on Monday for patients’ stories about the difference the appeal will make.