Helipad appeal to get backing from Sheffield Adventure Film Festival

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Organisers of the Sheffield Adventure Film Festival have given their backing to a city helipad appeal.

There will be a suggested £1 donation from every ticket sold at the festival, which will go to the Saving Time, Saving Lives’ appeal, which aims to raise cash to pay for a new helipad at Sheffield’s Northern General Hospital, in Fir Vale.

The 10th festival will be held at the Showroom Cinema, in the city centre, between Friday and Sunday, March 20 and 22.

Matt Heason, festival director, said, “We’re delighted to continue our support for Sheffield Hospitals Charity.

“Sheffield is the outdoors capital city of the UK – and a hot bed for adventure sports like climbing, biking, caving and hang-gliding.

“I urge festival-goers to give generously, as one day you might be the one needing urgent treatment.”

About £420,000 of a 
£2 million target is still needed to pay for the helipad outside the accident & emergency unit, to cut the amount of time it takes to get patients into hospital.

Dr Stuart Reid, a hospital consultant, said: “Having the new helipad seconds from our door means we can start working on the patients sooner, which could make all the difference as every second really can count.”