Sheffield's Lord Mayor Is 'Doing His Bit' For Charity
The Lord Mayor of Sheffield Cllr John Campbell, has become the latest high-profile supporter to back Weston Park Hospital cancer charity's 'Do Your Bit' campaign.
Mr Campbell joins film star Sean Bean and not-for-profit health insurance provider Westfield Health in backing the £1.3million campaign, urging people across the region to get involved to help raise money for a new world-class Cancer Research and Treatment Suite at Weston Park Hospital in Sheffield.
The Lord Mayor is also joined in supporting the campaign by two of the city's biggest employers, Sheffield City Council and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Mr Campbell said: "The Do Your Bit campaign is vital to raise much-needed funds for the Cancer Research and Treatment Suite here in Sheffield.
"Weston Park Hospital is a lifeline for so many people from across South Yorkshire, North Derbyshire, North Nottinghamshire and North Lincolnshire, so I'm delighted to give the campaign my support.
"Together with Sheffield Teaching Hospitals and Sheffield City Council, we hope that we can make a real difference in encouraging more people and businesses across the region to give even just a small amount to help the charity meet its target of £1.3million."
Rachel Thorpe, Non-Executive Director of Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity, said: "We are delighted to welcome the support of the Lord Mayor, the City Council and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals in helping to raise the profile of our biggest campaign in ten years, and we are urging people across the region to support us.
"With one in three people being diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives, most people will know someone who has been affected by the disease.
"Every single donation counts, no matter how big or small. The campaign is all about encouraging people to 'do their bit' to support us and help us reach the target of £1.3 million."
Westfield Health's Charitable Trust has pledged £350,000 to the campaign - the Trust's biggest ever single donation - with an initial £100,000 given to kick start the fundraising and all further donations from the public will be matched by Westfield pound for pound, up to an additional £250,000.
Graham Moore, Chairman of Westfield Health said: "We are dedicated to helping Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity raise the vital funds it needs to create these new facilities at the hospital.
"Cancer will affect almost everybody at some point in their lives, so the success of the Do Your Bit campaign will impact on a phenomenal amount of people in our region.
"We'd urge everyone to think about those who have been affected by cancer and to give even just a small amount to help create a brighter future for patients and their families."
There are many ways to get involved, from taking part in one of the charity's events, or entering a sponsored run, walk or cycle ride, to volunteering, organising your own fundraising event or donating towards the cause.
The charity is also organising a 5-a-side football tournament, the Team of Steel, which will take place at Sheffield United's Bramall Lane on Sunday 26th May. Places are still available and teams will get the chance to play against star teams from Sheffield United or Sheffield Wednesday.
To find out more about the Do Your Bit campaign please visit www.do-your-bit.org.uk or call Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity on 0114 226 5370.
Included in the photo are: (l-r) Westfield Health's Chairman Graham Moore, Lord Mayor Cllr John Campbell, WPHCC director Rachel Thorpe, Chief Executive of Sheffield City Council John Mothersole, Leader of Sheffield City Council Cllr Julie Dore, Chairman of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Tony Pedder, and Chief Executive of Westfield Health Jill Davies.
Sheffield's Lord Mayor Is 'Doing His Bit' For Charity, 5th February 2013, 14:33 PM