Weston Park Christmas Star – Kash Purohit
This Christmas, especially after an exceptionally difficult year for those who work in the NHS, we could not, not recognise, pay tribute, and say a heartfelt thanks to our wonderful colleagues at Weston Park Cancer Centre for their inspirational hard work and care.
We wanted to celebrate them and let them know that they are our Weston Park Stars!
Love to you, our NHS.
We recently caught up with Kash Purohit, Consultant Oncologist at Weston Park and Weston Park Cancer Charity Trustee, one of our nominated Weston Park Stars to find out a little bit more about what she does at the hospital, how she supports the charity and a bit of festive fun.
What is it you do at Weston Park Cancer Centre and how long you’ve worked there?
I am a Consultant Clinical Oncologist. I have been a consultant since 1995 at Weston Park Cancer Centre.
If you’ve fundraised for Weston Park Cancer Charity why did you chose to do so?
Over my years at Weston Park I’ve fundraised in many ways. But the two most noted for me are; In 1996 I organised a 10 mile walk. This was the EURO 1996 season of the football and over 500 people took part in the walk which raised over £15.000. I was also Crowned winner of the charities Funny Business, comedy fundraising event, in 2017 which helped to raise over £26,000
Favourite Christmas gift you’ve ever received?
My favourite gift has to be when I was asked to be Santa Clause for the hospital and distribute presents to all the inpatients on both ward 3 and 4. It was great to see a big smile on their faces. I did it for 4 years in a row.
Favourite item on your Christmas dinner?
It has to be Hot Christmas pudding with brandy sauce topped with vanilla ice cream.
Kash really wanted to share some special messages with you all this Christmas:
“Thank you to all our Weston Park Hospital staff for their dedication and hard work particularly during the COVID pandemic period. I know it has been very stressful at times but you have shown tremendous courage and strength and have proved what a wonderful team of doctors, nurses, specialist nurses, clinical trial staff, radiographers, medical physicist, secretaries, admin staff, Cancer Charity team, phlebotomist, domestics and porters that we have here at Weston park Hospital. I wish you all a very merry Christmas. Thank you to those staff who have volunteered to work through this festive season. I would also like to thank from the bottom of my heart to all my colleagues in the Sheffield teaching Hospitals for their support in the month of November when I lost my mum.”
“To his loved ones. I would like to thank my wife, daughter and my son for their support during COVID pandemic and am hoping that we will be able to spent a few days together during the festive season. I would also like to thank my family and friends for their support and love they showed.”
“To Patients, I wish you all a very happy Christmas. I know some of you might be going through some tough time due to the treatment that we give you in this hospital and its associated side effects but please stay strong, think positive and we all here at Weston park will do our best to help you getting through this tough time. it’s going to be different this year due to COVID pandemic for all of us nevertheless try your best, stay safe and enjoy the festive season. Thank you all for your wonderful gifts and thank you messages for our staff. We are here because of you and we will never let you down.”
Support the work of stars like Kash. Give a gift this Christmas and help us to keep shining through for patients and families. Your donation can change everything for someone living with cancer.
Cancer still changes everything. But together we keep shining through; the more we raise the further we can reach. Can you help us this Christmas?
Photo taken last year during the Sheffield United Football Club visit.