SHEFFIELD’S Hollywood superstar Sean Bean is today throwing his star power behind a £1.3 million campaign – in a bid to create new, world-class cancer research and treatment facilities in his home city.
The heart-throb has agreed to be the face of Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity’s Do Your Bit campaign and will be encouraging people from all walks of life to join him in supporting the cause.
He has pledged his support in a recorded personal video message - log on to thestar.co.uk to watch him.
The aim of the campaign is to create a new facility to offer Weston Park Hospital patients from across the region the opportunity to receive the most up-to-date anti-cancer treatments and therapies, initially as part of a research programme, and subsequently as NHS treatment.
Not-for-profit health insurance provider Westfield Health is also supporting the appeal. Westfield’s Charitable Trust has pledged £350,000 – the company’s biggest ever single donation.
Sean, who has starred in Hollywood blockbusters including Lord of the Rings and is famed for his title role in TV’s Sharpe, has personal experience of Weston Park Hospital after his dad underwent treatment there.
He said: “I am pleased to support the Do Your Bit campaign to provide a new Cancer Research and Treatment Suite at Weston Park Hospital. This new facility will provide the very best in treatment for thousands of people living with cancer.
“Cancer touches all of our lives at some point. My dad has been treated at the hospital, so I know first hand what a wonderful cause it is. I am urging everyone to get behind the Do Your Bit campaign.
“Every single donation, no matter how small, really will help to make a difference, and Westfield Health will match every pound that is given meaning every donation is worth double to the charity.”
Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity supports the work of Weston Park Hospital – one of only four specialist cancer hospitals in England. It serves patients from all across South Yorkshire, North Nottinghamshire, North Derbyshire and parts of North Lincolnshire
Rachel Thorpe, director of Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity, said they are delighted to have the support of the film and TV idol, who is known to millions of film fans across the globe.
She told The Star: “We are thrilled to unveil Sean as the face of the campaign.
“Sean is doing his bit by publicising the campaign and we want as many people as possible to join him in helping us.
“The new facilities will help thousands of people now and in the future, and confirm Weston Park Hospital in the front rank of cancer research and treatment.”
“With one in three people being diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives, most people will know someone affected by cancer.
“Every single donation counts, no matter how big or small. The campaign is all about encouraging people from across the whole region to support us and help us reach our target of £1.3 million. We hope Sean’s support will help us achieve this.”
Westfield Health has already donated £100,000 and is matching all appeal donations pound-to-pound up to a further £250,000.
Graham Moore, chairman of Westfield Health, said: “At Westfield we are proud to be involved in a campaign that is set to make such a huge difference to the lives of so many people. We would like to say a huge thank you to Sean for showing his support to ‘Do Your Bit’ and we urge others to help.”
* There are dozens of ways of supporting the Do Your Bit campaign - such as organising or attending an event, including Funny Business at Sheffield City Hall on November 29, or making a donation. Find out more at www.do-your-bit.org.uk or call Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity on 0114 226 5370.