Sheffield health chief to take plunge to help pay for new helipad

Sir Andrew Cash, Chief Executive of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, with David Reynolds, Director of Sheffield Hospitals Charity
Sir Andrew Cash, Chief Executive of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, with David Reynolds, Director of Sheffield Hospitals Charity
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A Sheffield health chief is taking the plunge for charity - by jumping out of a plane.

Sir Andrew Cash, Chief Executive of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, has signed up for a skydive to raise money for a new helipad at the Northern General Hospital.

Sir Andrew, who was knighted for services to the National Health Service, will be taking to the skies to help pay for a helipad right outside A&E, to reduce the length of time it takes patients to get to hospital.

Patients currently flown to the hospital still need transferred into an ambulance and driven to A&E.

Sir Andrew’s skydive will take place on Sunday, May 17 above Hibaldstow in Lincolnshire.

He said: “A skydive from 15,000 feet is a new and pretty daunting prospect for me but I wanted to show how important this new helipad is for the people of Sheffield and the surrounding area.

“You never want to think about something awful happening to someone you love, but I know that if it did, I’d want them to get the best possible treatment as quickly as possible.”

To sponsor him visit www.justgiving.com/Andrew-Cash1/