World champion heptathlete Jessica Ennis-Hill said she was ‘proud’ to lend her support to a Sheffield cancer hospital during a visit to patients.
The Olympic gold medallist and patron of Weston Park Hospital was given a tour around the premises to look at improvements of vital facilities for cancer patients.
Jess was shown around the new Clinical Research Unit and the Day Case Unit at Weston Park, both of which have been refurbished and expanded.
She said: “It was an absolute honour to visit Weston Park Hospital and see just how many improvements have been made to the facilities since last time I was here.
“As patron of Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity, the visit was not only a chance for me to see the absolute need for the charity’s support, but also an opportunity for me to meet some of those who, sadly, are fighting cancer in our region.
“The cancer charity enables the funding of life-changing projects and it is evident that, to continue supporting the hospital’s increasing workload, the charity has to prepare now to ensure patients of the future have the very best chance of surviving.
“I am extremely proud to be a patron of the cancer charity and offer support for my local cancer hospital.
“It’s so important that this cause is wholly recognised and I will continue to support the hospital and charity wherever I possibly can.”
During her visit to the hospital, on Weston Bank, Jess chatted to some of the patients receiving treatment, including Jacqueline Gauton and Geoffrey Fisher.
In 2014, the Weston Park Cancer Charity, together with partners Westfield Health and Yorkshire Cancer Research, collectively raised the £1million needed to establish the new clinical research unit at Weston Park Hospital.
The new unit aims to increase the number of people recruited to clinical trials by 20 per cent in the first two years alone.
Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity has estimated that it needs to raise more than £1.8 million this year to find new and ongoing projects.