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Charity ball for cancer research

17th May 2006

Leading Yorkshire businesses are helping to raise funds for a cancer hospital, according to the Sheffield Star.

Fundraisers from investment manager Rensburg Sheppards and lawyer Nabarro Nathanson are hoping many other firms in the area will support a charity ball on May 20th aimed at helping cancer research at Weston Park Hospital in Sheffield.

Last year's ball helped raise £12,000 which went towards the £1 million refurbishment of the hospital's chemotherapy unit. Event managers are hoping to improve on that figure this time round in a bid to help the hospital's cancer research centre.

Weston Park is one of only three purpose built cancer hospitals in the UK and is thought to treat over 1,000 breast cancer patients each month alone.

Rachel Thorpe, Weston Park Cancer Appeal's senior fundraiser, told the publication: "Many people don't realise that we have a purpose built cancer research centre here in Sheffield.

"Weston Park Hospital Cancer Research Centre is headed by Prof Rob Coleman who is one of the world's leading authorities on breast cancer. We really are very grateful to organisations like Nabarro Nathanson and Rensburg Sheppards for their fantastic generosity and support."

Some of the funds are also set to go to two other local organisations: the Jessop Wing Neonatal Unit and the Sheffield Family Holiday Association.