Consultants take on Pretty Muddy for cancer charity supporting their work

3rd May 2016

A group of female consultants from Weston Park Hospital are taking on a Pretty Muddy challenge to raise funds for the hospitals dedicated cancer charity.

On the 7th May, 5 oncologists and 3 of their colleagues from the regions only cancer hospital will pull on their workout gear and take on the 5k obstacle course at Rother Valley Country Park. In a bid to create some friendly rivalry between the staff at the hospital, the consultants are aiming to raise more money than their fellow registrars who are also taking on the race. With a target of £1000, the consultants are well on their way to achieving their goals ahead of the brave challenge in just a few weeks' time. Clinical Director of Weston Park Hospital, Trish Fisher said, -Cancer touches the lives of nearly everyone in Sheffield and South Yorkshire. The medical teams and their support teams at Weston Park Hospital work tirelessly to improve the outcomes and experiences of patients receiving vital treatment for their cancer at the hospital. -However, we recognise that we couldn't provide the service we do without the support of a number of charities and in particular the Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity. -So as well as some team building / healthy competition between the Registrars and the Consultants we wanted to recognise the valuable work of the cancer charity in supporting our hospital and staff. Weston Park Hospital is one of only a handful of specialist cancer hospitals in England and treats patients from all over South Yorkshire, North Nottinghamshire and North Derbyshire a population of almost 1.8million people. Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity is the only dedicated charity for the hospital and exists to support the world-class cancer research and to improve the treatment and care for people living with cancer. Throughout 2016 the charity will fund various projects to enable the continued improvement of Weston Park Hospital; including the expansion of research studies, improving the way cancer treatments are delivered and supporting the ongoing care provisions of patients and their families affected by cancer. With various reasons for taking on Pretty Muddy, the group are confident that, with the support of colleagues, family and friends they will not only complete the challenge but also exceed their overall target. Gill Guest, Operations Director of the Cancer Management group said, -I want to help Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity to continue to offer financial support to the fantastic work of the Cancer Support Centre, which is located immediately behind Weston Park Hospital. The centre is 'Here to help, here to listen' for cancer patients and their families. One of my friends really appreciated their support so I am running for the 'purple lady' who loved running. Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity is proud to fund a number of projects within Weston Park Hospital including the recent refurbishment of the new Complex Therapy Unit, support to appoint Clinical Research Fellows and purchasing new equipment for the radiotherapy department to allow the implementation of new techniques to reduce the side effects of treatment. Cancer Charity Director, Samantha Kennedy said, -We want to wish all the consultants the best of luck for their incredibly brave challenge this May in support of the cancer charity's work. -It's fantastic that staff are taking time out of their busy schedules to raise money so that we are able to continue supporting their imperative care of cancer patients across our region. -The staff at the hospital provide exceptional treatment and care to patients - we hear that all the time from patients and supporters. Our role as a charity is to support these teams, complementing the services provided by the NHS to ensure we aren't simply treating the patient, but the needs of the person. To support the consultant's Pretty Muddy Challenge visit: https://www.justgiving.com/Patricia-Fisher. To find out more about Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity visit: www.wphcc.org.uk

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