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WHAT better way to open a special ward for which readers of The Star helped raise £1 million than to invite a real star to do the honours!

And that is what happened yesterday when movie star Jenny Agutter went along to Sheffield’s Northern General Hospital to open its state-of-the-art cystic fibrosis unit.

We had teamed up with the Cystic Fibrosis Trust to help kit out the ward where those with the condition, who are generally younger than most hospital patients, could have some independence and comfort while undergoing lengthy spells of treatment.

Jenny, who is patron of the Trust, praised The Star for getting behind the appeal. But the real thanks are owed to you, our readers. You responded magnificently to the appeal and helped those behind this ambitious project to hit their target. Well done.

Olympic success made in Sheffield

SO much is expected from next year’s Olympic Games. Whether its record breaking feats, brilliant competition or the ultimate sporting festival, the event is expected to deliver.

But already the London games is paying off for some, including Sheffield.

Thanks tp training camps at venues such as the English Institute of Sport we reveal an amazing statistic today.

It is estimated that as many as one in seven athletes at the games will have been training in Sheffield beforehand.

And that is no accident. Work has been ongoing for more than two years to sign up international teams to use the city’s facilities for training sessions.

Four Great Britain teams are also based in Sheffield for training – boxing, volleyball, table tennis and diving.

So when the athletes take to the podium tio collect their medals, there’s a fair chance that success was made in Sheffield.

Gloria‘s Christmas

WE were happy to throw our weight behind reader Gloria Stewart when she launched a campaign to make Christmas less lonely for people, particularly the elderly. She had overheard someone say they would be glad when the holiday was over as they never see anyone. That prompted her to hold a grand party for people who would otherwise be alone. And Gloria has staged a similar event each year since but 2011 was a problem as the costs grew beyond her means. However, readers have dug deep to help find the money and we are delighted Gloria will bring Christmas spirit to people once more this year. And that is what Christmas is all about!