THE CAUSE

4Challenge raises funds to support the work of Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity. The charity supports the incredible work undertaken at Weston Park Hospital in Sheffield.

Weston Park Hospital is 1 of only 4 dedicated cancer hospitals in the UK

Over the past 20 years the charity has funded pioneering cancer research, treatment and care for tens of thousands of cancer patients across the region. It has made a real difference by providing funding for projects such as:

  • the building of a Cancer Research Centre, consolidating Sheffield’s excellent reputation in collaborative cancer clinical trials
  • a specialist unit for teenagers and young adults
  • the Cancer Support Centre, which gives free advice to anyone affected by cancer
  • funding major refurbishments of the Radiotherapy Department and Day Care Chemotherapy areas
     
4Challenge is an incredible support. The team have whole heartedly embraced the idea of ‘making a difference’ to the lives of patients attending Weston Park Hospital. They are determined to go that extra mile to help the Charity in their fight against cancer.
— Tina Harrison, Deputy Director, Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity

Going Digital in 2015

4Challenge 2015 raised over £30,000 for the charity, and £10,000 was used to provide Digital Information Systems in the Radiotherapy and Outpatients waiting areas of Weston Park Hospital. Most visits to hospital will inevitably include time in busy waiting areas and this equipment makes use of the latest digital signage software to dramatically improve the experience by:

  • providing a welcome distraction for patients via Freeview TV
  • informing patients if clinics are running late (currently done by a member of staff writing on a whiteboard, which looks unprofessional, takes the member of staff away from clinical care and is easily missed by patients)
  • highlighting other services provided by the hospital that might be of benefit to patients and their families, such as support resources, complimentary therapy and charity activities

For 2016 our target is the £33,000 it takes to run the hospital's complementary therapies clinic offering treatments to patients and their carers.

Complementary Therapies in 2016

For 2016 our target was to raise the £33,000 it takes to run the hospital's complementary therapies clinic offering treatments to patients and their carers for one year. The therapies provided include massage, reflexology, reiki, hypnotherapy / relaxation, shiatsu and auricular acupuncture.

Auricular acupuncture (or ear acupuncture) is a form of complementary therapy positioning very fine needles into the outer ear, and there is significant evidence to suggest that it can reduce both the severity and frequency of hot flushes in many people. It is known to have a calming effect on the central nervous system.

Cancer Support Centre Manager, Karen Holmes said, “When the cancer charity started funding the auricular acupuncture sessions back in April 2015, we never imagined that we would have such a big uptake and positive impact on patients’ lives.”

“Looking closely at the feedback gained from those who have attended the acupuncture sessions - a staggering 89% of attendees reported improvement for hot flushes, 72% reported improvement in sleep and 53% reported improvement in general well-being.”

What more motivation could we have needed to complete 4Challenge 2016!