Football star backs appeal

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TOP Spireite Jamie Lowry is backing an appeal to help thousands of families affected by cancer spend more precious time together.

The ‘Extra Time’ campaign is being launched by Weston Park Hospital Cancer charity to celebrate yesterday’s leap day, February 29, where everyone benefits from an extra day.

Along with players from Sheffield United, Sheffield Wednesday, Barnsley FC, Rotherham United and Doncaster Rovers, Lowry is encouraging people to regularly support the charity by donating each month – helping people living with cancer have more time with their families.

He said: “My dad had cancer for around three years but thankfully is well now. He has been given the all clear. Because of that I really know what it’s like when a family member is diagnosed with cancer and how every minute with them is precious.

“Luckily my dad has been given the all clear but I wanted to support this campaign to help those families who will benefit from the extra time that cancer research and treatment can bring.”

Rachel Thorpe, director of Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity, added: “Weston Park Hospital aims to give cancer patients extra quality time with their loved ones through undertaking pioneering cancer research and providing the very best treatment and care. The Cancer Charity plays a vital role in providing funding, which helps keep the hospital at the very forefront of cancer care.

“Supporters can make a real difference to the lives of cancer patients and help give them extra quality time for as little as £3 per month. Knowing that we have regular support means we can plan how we can most benefit the hospital and its patients.”

For more information on the appeal and for exclusive interviews with the players, visit www.extratimeappeal.org.uk

ellie.hunter@derbyshiretimes.co.uk