Beyond the Treatment boost
Sheffield broadband firm generously donates services to the region’s cancer hospital
Weston Park Cancer Charity is celebrating a major milestone thanks to the generous support of locally based specialist internet providers ASK4.
The Beyond the Treatment appeal aims to transform the inpatient facilities at Weston Park Hospital – the region’s only specialist cancer hospital – so patients feel more comfortable and less isolated during their hospital stay.
The appeal has received a substantial boost from local company ASK4 who have pledged thousands of pounds worth of support by providing the wards with high speed WiFi connectivity. This contribution means patients and visitors will have access to ASK4’s own superfast network, including content caches for leading content providers like Netflix and Amazon for streaming the latest films and box sets.
Company Director Jonathan Thornhill said, “We’re proud to support this important project by providing WiFi access for patients and visitors on the wards at Weston Park Hospital. We hope our contribution will go some way to making such difficult times that little bit more bearable for patients who endure long stays.”
Installation of WiFi at the hospital will benefit families like the Simmonites from Sheffield. Jess Simmonite, 31, was by her mum’s side throughout her treatment for lung cancer at Weston Park Hospital. Jess says, “My mum, Barbara, was diagnosed with lung cancer two years ago, at the age of 66. She is now in remission, but she had intense chemotherapy and radiotherapy at Weston Park Hospital before undergoing a serious operation to remove part of her lung.
“It was a difficult time for us all as a family, but the hospital was a huge support. It made such a difference to me, as a relative, to see that mum was getting such good care. It took a lot of pressure off whilst I was trying to run my business and study for a Masters degree at the same time.”
“I stayed with mum when she visited the hospital for her treatment, and worked and studied by her side. It was really difficult without Wifi. I had to plug my laptop into my phone, which used up all my mobile data, resulting in some very large phone bills. During the times that mum was alone, it would have been great for her to access Facebook, so she could connect with friends and family.”
“There’s a lot of sitting around when you’re going through treatment, and I’d often look around and see people with nothing to do. You can’t underestimate the difference that home comforts like WiFi can make to a family going through cancer.”
Charity Director, Samantha Dixon said. “We’re incredibly grateful to ASK4 for their significant contribution. Providing patient and visitor WiFi access will not only greatly expand the entertainment options available to patients but will also help patients stay connected with loved ones more easily.”
“The response that we’ve had to our Beyond the Treatment appeal so far has been fantastic. We have made significant steps to create an improved hospital experience for the 10,500 cancer patients who will be treated on the wards at Weston Park Hospital over the next three years. We urge the local community to keep supporting our appeal to help us reach our final goal.”
As well as the installation of WiFi, the charity wants to provide modern lighting to facilitate sleep and recliners chairs to improve comfort for visiting relatives. The plans also include improved day room facilities with Smart TVs which will allow patients without family nearby to communicate with loved ones via video link. An activity hub to allow patients to access iPads, DVD players, books and magazines will also be paid for through the project.
Weston Park Cancer Charity is calling on South Yorkshire businesses, community groups and individuals to help support enhancements which go beyond the treatment.
To donate to the Beyond the Treatment appeal, or to find out more, visit www.beyondthetreatment.org.uk
For further information please contact Rebecca Simpson, Marketing and Communications Manager [email protected] or call 0114 226 5370.