Milestone reached in hospital appeal

A STAR-backed campaign to raise £1 million for a new unit for cystic fibrosis patients in Sheffield has reached a £700,000 milestone despite the tough economic climate.

The appeal, run by the Sheffield Hospitals Charitable Trust, was launched with support from The Star last February. Now fundraisers have announced the target is well in sight with more than 700,000 raised through a host of events and activities.

It is being used to fund a new 12-bed inpatient facility for patients with the respiratory disease - designed to be a 'home from home' for young sufferers.

Dr Frank Edenborough, a consultant in the specialist cystic fibrosis team, said: "Three young lives are lost to the illness each week.

"Unusually, the biggest risk of infection in CF comes from others with CF. This ward provides 12 private ensuite rooms where patients can be kept separate from each other but not isolated from family, friends or colleagues thanks to a host of facilities including TV, computers and internet access. State- of-the-art treatment can be provided in a safe, secure and welcoming environment."

Memorable fundraisers included a charity auction of a signed Arctic Monkeys bass guitar which raised more than 1,300 through eBay, and a host of events including concerts, raffles and fairs organised by Sheffield CF Fundraising Group who have raised nearly 10,000 in total.

A Sponsor A Star initiative - where people can make a donation in return for a glass etching of a star on a wall within the relatives' room - has also netted over 1,500, while corporate support from companies including the Sheffield Business Club, Tesco at Abbeydale Road, Rensburg Sheppards investment management and Abbeydale Golf Club have all added to the total.

Emma Dickens, head of fundraising at Sheffield Hospitals Charitable Trust, said: "2010 has been a really tough year, with everyone having to make difficult financial decisions, however, our fantastic supporters across South Yorkshire have continued to back our charity and the Cystic Fibrosis Appeal.

"We are really grateful to each and every one of our supporters and have appreciated every penny that has been raised, or donated, in this difficult year."

Call 0114 2711351 for more information about the appeal.

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