SHEFFIELD Children’s Hospital has benefited to the tune of almost half a million pounds over the last 12 years thanks to the support of Westfield Health.
The leading health cash plan provider has made a number of landmark donations totalling £483,740 to Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust and The Children’s Hospital Charity, which raises funds for specialist equipment, research and new hospital facilities.
To mark its 80th birthday in 1999, Westfield Health donated £50,000 towards a Tandem Mass Spectrometer, which was purchased by The Children’s Hospital’s Newborn Screening Laboratory in the same year.
One of the first machines of its kind at the time, the TMS is capable of detecting MCAD Deficiency - a serious genetic disorder which affects a child’s ability to use fat as an energy source and therefore cope with illness.
Sarah Bowns, from Maltby, whose daughters Bryony and Bethany were both diagnosed with MCAD Deficiency using the TMS, said: “I am very grateful. To put it bluntly, without the TMS equipment my daughters would not be here.”