A STAR-backed campaign to raise £1 million to make a new unit for cystic fibrosis sufferers ‘world class’ has received a £50,000 boost from city insurance company Westfield Health.
The Cystic Fibrosis Appeal, run by the Sheffield Hospitals Charitable Trust, is raising the money for a new in-patient unit at the Northern General Hospital.
The latest donation takes the total raised so far to £850,000 - and the final push has started to achieve the £1m target.
The new unit is based along the lines of a boutique hotel, with 12 rooms each decorated with a different theme.
One is styled around a New York loft apartment and another takes its inspiration from Chinese gardens. It will be used by CF sufferers who, before the unit was built, had to spend long stretches on general respiratory wards with elderly patients whilst they battled infections.
Emma Dickens, head of fundraising at the trust, said: “We are so grateful for this incredibly generous donation which will make a huge difference to the lives of many adults with cystic fibrosis.
“With the help of this money we have now raised a fantastic £850,000 towards the appeal, and we now push on towards our final £1 million goal.”
Westfield chairman Graham Moore said: “We are very proud to support this amazing unit, which will play a very important part in the lives of generations of people who are living with cystic fibrosis.”