Sheffield legend becomes face of cancer campaign
Legendary Hollywood actor Sean Bean is throwing his star power behind a £1.3 million campaign backed by Westfield to create new, world-class cancer research and treatment facilities at Weston Park Hospital in Sheffield.
The Sheffield-born star has been announced as the face of Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity’s ‘Do Your Bit’ campaign, and will be encouraging people from all walks of life to join him in supporting the cause.
The aim of the ‘Do Your Bit’ campaign is to create a new facility to offer patients from across the region the opportunity to receive the most up-to-date anti-cancer treatments and therapies, initially as part of a research programme, and subsequently as NHS treatment.
Sean, who has starred in Hollywood blockbusters including Lord of the Rings and most recently played a lead role in BBC drama series, Accused, has personal experience of Weston Park Hospital after his dad underwent treatment there.
He said: “I am pleased to support the ‘Do Your Bit’ campaign to provide a new Cancer Research and Treatment Suite at Weston Park Hospital. This new facility will provide the very best in treatment for thousands of people living with cancer.
“Cancer touches all of our lives at some point; my dad has been treated at the hospital, so I know first hand what a wonderful cause it is. I am urging everyone to get behind the ‘Do Your Bit’ campaign.
“Every single donation, no matter how small, really will help to make a difference, and Westfield Health will match every pound that is given meaning every donation is worth double to the charity.”
Rachel Thorpe, Director of Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity – which supports the work of Weston Park Hospital, said: “We are thrilled to unveil Sean as the face of the ‘Do Your Bit’ campaign.
“Sean is doing his bit by publicising the campaign and we want as many people as possible to join him in helping us.
“The new facilities will help thousands of people now and in the future, and confirm Weston Park Hospital in the front rank of cancer research and treatment.”
Weston Park Hospital, which is one of only four specialist cancer hospitals in England, serves patients from all across South Yorkshire, North Nottinghamshire, North Derbyshire and parts of North Lincolnshire
Westfield’s Charitable Trust has pledged £350,000 to Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity’s ‘Do Your Bit’ campaign. It is the company’s biggest ever single donation.
The company has already donated £100,000 and is matching all appeal donations pound-to-pound up to a further £250,000.
Graham Moore, Chairman of Westfield Health, said: “At Westfield we are proud to be involved in a campaign that is set to make such a huge difference to the lives of so many people. We would like to say a huge thank you to Sean for showing his support to ‘Do Your Bit’ and we urge others to help.”
To find out how you can help visit ‘Do Your Bit’ campaign visit: www.do-your-bit.org.uk or call Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity on 0114 226 5370.