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New cancer unit to open in Sheffield

A new cancer unit will be officially opened today at Sheffield's Weston Park Hospital. It will provide treatment for twice the number of patients it currently cares for - and will allow more people to take part in clinical trials.

It will be opened by the city's Taekwondo olympian Sarah Stevenson - who lost both her parents to cancer. Weston Park is one of only four dedicated cancer hospitals in the country and treats patients from all over South Yorkshire, North Nottinghamshire and North Derbyshire.

Cancer patients from as far afield as Liverpool and Middlesbrough also use the unit. The light and airy purpose-built suite will give even more patients opportunities to take part in life-changing cancer research studies.


Sheffield business leaders join stand-up challenge

Business leaders in Sheffield are to try their hand at stand-up comedy as part of events raising funds for a hospital charity.

Ten men and women will be training for Funny Business with Sheffield comic Anthony J Brown who is known for his dark humour and dead-pan deliveries.

They will then test their skills at a public event designed to raise funds for Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity at Sheffield City Hall on November 29.

The money raised will go towards Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity's Do Your Bit campaign, which aims to raise £1.3 million to create a new research and treatment facility at Weston Park Hospital in Sheffield.

Thousands sign up for Great Yorkshire 10k

More than 3,000 people have signed-up to take part in the Bupa Great Yorkshire Run, which takes place in Sheffield on September 2. It will be the sixth-year of the 10K race, which includes both amateur and professional runners from across the country.

The run will start on Arundel Gate, before heading along Penistone Road to Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough stadium, finally returning to the city centre. Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity will again be the regional charity for the event and Diabetes UK is the nominated national charity.