Sheffield cystic fibrosis unit raises £1m

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THEY’VE done it!

Campaigners working on Sheffield’s Cystic Fibrosis Appeal, backed by The Star and its readers, have hit their £1 million target.

The appeal, run by Sheffield Hospitals Charity, was launched to build a world-class cystic fibrosis unit at the Northern General Hospital.

The NHS provided £1.4m to construct the £2.4m unit, but public donations of £1m were needed to finish equipping the centre.

Last December screen star Jenny Agutter attended the unit’s official opening.

Now parents Hilary and John Pierce, whose daughter Sarah was instrumental in creating the centre, have visited the Northern General for a ceremony to celebrate the million-pound milestone.

Sarah, from Brinsworth, Rotherham, died aged 29 after a long battle with cystic fibrosis.

For more than seven years she had worked as a patient advocate at the hospital, helping other cystic fibrosis patients and working with doctors to push for the new facility to be built.

Hilary, aged 66, told The Star: “Sarah would have been so proud of what has been achieved here. It is so much better than even she could have imagined.”

Her husband John, 65, added: “The staff here - the nurses and doctors - became a family to her. It’s not just a job to them.”

The unit is comprised of a number of private rooms created in a boutique-hotel style environment.

Medical equipment is hidden discretely in cupboards and each room has its own fridge, computer, flat-screen TV and laptop.

Lead consultant Dr Frank Edenborough said: “The Star’s readers have been instrumental.”